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