The third round of the 2017 season of MotoGP ends up with the great performance of Danilo Petrucci who conquers eighth place at the end of a striking comeback. Scott Redding finished in twelfth position that allows the English rider to confirm himself in the Top 10 (9th place) of the World Championship standings.
On the Circuit of the Americas Petrux was one of the major players thanks to an extremely convincing race pace. The italian rider, who started from 13th place, between the 14th and 18th lap managed to close a gap of 2 secs off Folger and Miller, then passing them 3 laps to the end. On the following lap, Petrux started to chase Lorenzo and he overtook him gaining a precious eight place under the checkered flag.
A stunning performance that Octo’s CEO Fabio Sbianchi wanted to celebrate with Petrux and his team with a toast in the VIP Village lounge activated for the Grand Prix of the Americas.
Scott Redding’s race was more difficult. A crash in the first lap of the warm-up probably made him lose a bit of confidence, as the result the English wasn’t able to find the same feeling he had during the free practices. Plus, from the middle of the race a strong left-shoulder pain forced him to tighten his teeth and bring home four precious points for the standings
8th – Danilo Petrucci
“I am very happy for today’s race. Yesterday we were in trouble as I could not have a good feeling with the front. We have studied the data very much and this job paid as well as the choice of hard the tire at the rear. We’ve made all the right choices. That is why I want to thank the whole team, especially my crew chief Daniele Romagnoli and my electronic engineer Christian Battaglia because they did a great job. It’s a great resul for us”.
12th – Scott Redding
“It was a very tough race today. We choose to go with the hard tyre but I did not find the feeling. Maybe I should have tried the medium but now it’s too late for regrets. The problem is that I was unable to be competitive from the early laps. I had no traction in corner exit that’s why I had to work hard in braking probably stressing too much the front tire. We have some work to do. We must now focus on Jerez”.