Danilo Petrucci and crew chief Daniele Romagnoli were both new arrivals at Pramac for the 2015 MotoGP season.

Petrucci arrived from Ioda, while Romagnoli had worked with Cal Crutchlow at the factory Ducati team.

Despite starting the season on older, GP14.1, machinery than team-mate Yonny Hernandez, Petrucci would establish himself as the top satellite Ducati rider.

The Italian scored points in the opening 13 rounds, including a dream second place in the Silverstone rain. Petrucci - upgraded to a GP14.2 at Misano - finished the season tenth in the world championship standings.

"I would give him 9 [out of 10] and it would be deserved because until Misano the season was almost perfect," Romagnoli said of Petrucci's season. "Unfortunately [DNFs at] Aragon and Motegi spotted this amazing trend although it was difficult to ask for more.

"Danilo has surprised everyone because no one would have expected these results. He managed to get into Q2 ten times - three times directly - and finished 11 times in the top 10 with the extraordinary 2nd place at Silverstone.

"Danilo is a real fighter. His tenacity has been the key in gathering almost always the best result, riding with clarity and awareness of his possibilities. The tenth place in the final standing was remarkable."

Petrucci and new team-mate Scott Redding will got their first taste of the GP15 based bikes they will use in next year's world championship during the Valencia post-race test, which ended with Petrucci eleventh and Redding 13th.

"The main goal was to take confidence with the Desmosedici GP and especially with the new Michelin tyres," Romagnoli explained. "We didn't care about lap times as we were focused on making kilometres to try to understand the new tyres, their characteristics and reactions.

"The Desmosedici GP turned out as we expected: definitely better than our GP14, especially in terms of handling, and power. We used the new software that will clearly need to be improved. There will be much work to do this winter but we are confident in our capabilities and great support offered by Ducati."


Loading Comments...