‘Mostly we talked about motorcycles, about how our passion is not pussy but bikes!’
where sometimes Petrucci is the fastest of them all. He attributes his wetweather speed to a childhood spent doing trials and motocross, though his weight may also have something to do with it. Extra load can deliver extra grip in the wet, although it can mean less grip in the dry, when lean angles are more extreme.
If Petrucci doesn’t make it as a Motogp superstar he’s already got other ambitions. “My dream is to race the Dakar,” he says. And if the Dakar, then why not the TT? “No!” he grins. “I’m quite scared of the TT – I will have to become a little madder to do that!”
Meanwhile Petrucci will continue to stand out on the Motogp grid; not merely as the burliest member of the Grand Prix elite but also as the most laid back.