With no MotoGP seat for 2022, Danilo Petrucci was early linked to rallying as part of KTM’s own factory team. However, in recent weeks the opportunity has arisen to move to MotoAmerica for the team that Loris Baz competed with, which would mean returning to Ducati and putting an end to a possible rally career, even before it actually starts.
With Baz making his way back to the Superbike World Championship for the BMW satellite team, Danilo Petrucci could try to take a similar path. Alberto Vergani, Petrucci’s manager, confirms the possibility, and goes even further saying that the rider is interested in moving to another continent to try a different category.
At the moment we only have an agreement with KTM for the 2022 Dakar Rally. We are interested in MotoAmerica’s offer. Danilo can take part, win the title and with that success he can place himself in the Superbike World Championship in 2023. [Loris] Baz also returned to the WSBK through MotoAmerica’, Petrucci’s manager told Speedweek.
On this subject, Paolo Ciabatti – Ducati’s Sports Director – shared Ducati’s interest in returning to work with the italian rider:
– We hope to be able to hire Danilo for this championship, but the team needs to find budget.
Danilo Petrucci is currently in Dubai with some KTM riders such as Toby Price, Matthias Walkner and Sam Sunderland after having already trained off-road navigation in Spain. The rider will stay in the region for a week and then travel directly to Portugal for the next MotoGP race which with take place for 5th to 7th of november in Portimão.