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MotoGP: Petrucci also picks out Vinales

"He is a rookie on a rookie bike. I think that Maverick is very strong" - Danilo Petrucci.
Following Cal Crutchlow's comments on impressive MotoGP rookie Maverick Vinales, Danilo Petrucci has also singled out the Suzuki rider for praise.

Asked about who has been the most difficult rider to beat in battles this year, Petrucci said:

“Probably Vinales. In four of the six races I had to battle with him in the last few laps. He rides very clear and he doesn't suffer the tyre consumption. That's why it's hard to keep him behind in the end of the race. My team-mate Yonny is very hard to beat also.”

The Pramac Ducati rider also picked out Vinales when asked to name the rider he feels 'has done better so far and why', explaining: “He is a rookie on a rookie bike. I think that Maverick is very strong.”

20-year-old Vinales has scored points in all six of his premier-class races on the new GSX-RR, including a seventh place last time at Mugello, to hold ninth in the world championship. Suzuki is expected to get engine upgrades for this weekend in Catalunya.

Petrucci, competing in his first season for Pramac, is currently four points behind the former Moto3 world champion.

Tagged as: Vinales , Petrucci

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June 09, 2015 11:33 AM

Pity we don't see much of him and other riders at the back on the TV coverage, but I guess battles at the front have been really good so far this year so better focus on that. In general I am very happy with how Suzuki are doing so far on their first year back, the bike is beautiful and have two great riders and are doing a good job. I read somewhere they were to bring more power into the engine for Barcelona, so I'm looking forward to see if they do. Who knows, maybe a Suzuki will get a win before a Ducati does! lol


June 09, 2015 10:57 AM

ive always rated this kid and still do, he is doing a stellar performance on this machine for a rookie. He has a fantastic team-mate as a carrot to chase and I think we will see more of him in the future. good for the sport overall that such young chaps can ride these monsterous motogp bikes as well as they do.

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