Danilo Petrucci has claimed the 'constant pressure' that comes with MotoGP was a big reason for his decision to call an end to his grand prix career. 

A two-time MotoGP race winner, Petrucci spent ten seasons competing in the premier class - six of which were with Ducati.

However, after making the move from Ducati to Tech3 KTM for the 2021 season, the very likeable Italian was unable to make a considerable impact as he accumulated just three top tens results. 

This wasn’t as much a reflection on Petrucci, but more on KTM who took a step back compared to 2020. 

Nevertheless, the lack of results and enjoyment that came with his one and only season aboard an RC16 was enough for Petrucci to want a new challenge, something that came in the form of the 2022 Dakar Rally.

Despite mechanical issues costing the 31 year-old on more than one occasion, Petrucci became the first rider in history to win both a MotoGP race and a Dakar stage after he sensationally took victory on stage five. 

Speaking exclusively to his race leather manufacturer wildcard appearance in WorldSBK, is hoping his decision to join the stateside championship, something another former MotoGP rider Loris Baz did in 2021, will pay off like the Dakar did. 

Petrucci added: "With the Dakar Rally, I felt like I had made the right decision and hopefully it will be the same for racing in MotoAmerica. 

"It’s hard to say right now, but I am feeling happy to take on this challenge. I really wanted to discover what America is like – I’ve always had a soft spot for that country."