DANILO PETRUCCI ‘ THE BIG DIF­FER­ENCE WITH MARC IS THAT HE’S GOT NO FEAR’

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“THE WAY YOU use the throt­tle now is very dif­fer­ent to when we had the fac­tory soft­ware. In 2015 it was eas­ier to open the throt­tle out of a cor­ner be­cause the elec­tron­ics were bet­ter. Now the rider has to man­age the throt­tle much more, mostly be­cause the elec­tron­ics aren’t so good. Also, the tyres are dif­fer­ent, so you have to man­age them very, very well. For ex­am­ple, it’s some­times bet­ter not to fully open the throt­tle and try to man­age the slide. Dovizioso learned that last year: he now lets the bike slide as lit­tle as pos­si­ble, so at the end of the race he has more tyre.

“Out­brak­ing other rid­ers is very dif­fi­cult now, be­cause when you try to pass, some­times you can­not hold your line when you re­lease the front brake, so you go wide and the other rider comes past. So you brake on the in­side of the other guy and you stay side by side with him, you don’t pass him com­pletely, then at the last mo­ment you en­ter the cor­ner and the other rider is blocked, so he can’t come back at you on the in­side.

“Mar­quez al­ways has some­thing more. He’s al­ways try­ing to find the limit. When you fol­low him he al­ways seems over the limit. When an­other rider loses the front in a cor­ner, he says, ‘OK, this isn’t the right way’ and comes into the pits. Marc loses the front twice and con­tin­ues likes it’s nor­mal. The big­gest dif­fer­ence be­tween Marc and the rest of us is that he’s got no fear.”

Not for the first time, Petrucci has Mar­quez breath­ing down his neck

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