Danilo Petrucci finished the Malaysian MotoGP where he had been at the end of the opening lap, in ninth, after suffering a bizarre vibration in the closing stages.

The factory Ducati star had to ride as if he was in the wet for the final six laps after his Desmosedici began 'jumping' in the corners.

"A very difficult race. The last six laps I felt a very big vibration at the rear. We still don't know why, but it was huge," said the Italian.

"Without throttle, with throttle… in some corners it was really difficult to carry the speed. And it was a shame, because I was recovering some positions. I was following Jack, but at the end, it was really impossible to ride.

"I thought I had a technical problem, and in fact from the data we saw this vibration was not like chattering, but like jumps. Turn 1, Turn 5, Turn 6, Turn 7, Turn 8, Turn 11, Turn 14, Turn 15… A lot of corners where I had to ride just like it was wet and it was difficult to stay upright.

"I just slowed down a second a lap. It was very difficult to finish. Anyway, I tried my best, the first part of the race I was with Fabio, for sure he was not in a good shape like in practice, but I was there.

"I struggle a lot when there is a lack of grip like today and the problem is that when there is this lack of grip, carrying the speed inside the corner is very difficult. Maybe the extra weight I have doesn't help."

Could it have been a tyre issue that caused the problem at the end?

"The tyre was finished. But we don't know if there was a problem with the tyre, or the consumption of the tyre," Petrucci replied. "For sure at the end it was working really really bad. We have to check the data. For sure the tyre dropped a lot.

"Anyway, I did my best. For sure I am not happy, but I'm still fighting for the top five in the championship, even though some races before I was fighting for the top three. I gave my best, and that's all."

Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso (using the soft rear tyre, compared to the medium for Petrucci) finished third, with Miller in eighth.

Petrucci will now head to the Valencia season-finale 18 points behind Alex Rins and just 4 points ahead of Quartararo.

 

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