The 2022 MotoAmerica season simply reached its midway level and former MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci clings to an 11-point lead over reigning Superbike Champion Jake Gagne. At this level final 12 months, the Italian rider was struggling to grasp his new RC 16 equipment with the Tech3 KTM MotoGP group.
After wrapping up his closing season within the Grand Prix paddock, Petrucci instantly began coaching for his first entry into the Dakar Rally. Number 9 put his world-class using expertise on show by successful stage 5 of the competitors, however the grueling race additionally challenged the rider alongside the way in which. Following the Dakar Rally, Petrux lined up for his first MotoAmerica Superbike race at Texas’ Circuit of the Americas on April 8-10, 2022.
The Warhorse HSBK Ducati rider stormed to the entrance of the standings after taking two victories on the Grand Prix monitor, however veteran MotoAmerica riders have eaten into his lead since. Petrucci has additionally contended with a number of accidents all through the season, particularly following a crash on the Virginia International Raceway in the course of the third spherical of the championship.
With nagging accidents and fatigue doubtlessly impacting the rider’s second half of the MotoAmerica season, he revealed that he received’t put a lot on his plate the subsequent time round.
“I need to take a breath and take some rest,” admitted Petrucci, “For this reason I decided, a few days ago, not to go to the Dakar next year.”
Petrucci didn’t just break the Dakar news, though, he also divulged his plans to remain in the MotoAmerica Superbikes class for the 2023 season.
“The Dakar is an excessive amount of, particularly if I need to do that championship once more subsequent 12 months,” Petrucci acknowledged. “Maybe [I will] come to the U.S.A. and try to rent a house, and I cannot do [the Dakar] again. It’s too difficult.”
While Petrucci intends to return to the States subsequent 12 months, Ducati’s prime brass could produce other plans in retailer ought to the Italian win the 2022 MotoAmerica Superbikes title.
“Our objective and his is to win this championship,” famous Ducati MotoGP chief Gigi Dall’Igna. “Once we have done that, we will surely think about the future and it is true that one of the options is to make him do the World Superbike Championship, but I would say that it is still early to talk about it.”
Sadly, we received’t get to see Danilo Petrucci taking up the 2023 Dakar Rally subsequent 12 months, nevertheless it looks like his 12 months will nonetheless be loads busy.