MotoGP » Danilo Petrucci
Runner-up in the 2011 FIM Superstock Cup, Danilo Petrucci stepped straight into MotoGP with Ioda Racing for 2012.
Racing with their own CRT design, utilising a 'standard' Aprilia RSV4 engine, Ioda and Petrucci faced a near 40km/h top speed disadvantage before the team switched to Suter-BMW machinery in the second half of the season.
Remaining with Ioda and Suter BMW machinery for 2013, Petrucci certainly didn’t disgrace himself against more experienced CRT rivals during his second season in the top flight.
Highlights included eleventh place at the Circuit de Catalunya and being the only CRT rider to reach Qualifying 2 at the Valencia finale. Eleven points’ finishes in 18 races saw Petrucci end the season a respectable fifth in class.
Petrucci and Ioda will switch to Aprilia ART motorcycles for the new 'Open' class in 2014.