Petrucci will make a singular profession swap in 2022 after bringing his MotoGP tenure to an finish earlier this month on the Valencia finale having misplaced his Tech3 KTM experience for subsequent 12 months.
The Italian will stay with KTM and Tech3 in 2022 however will contend the well-known Dakar Rally, which has been a dream of his for a while.
Petrucci accomplished some desert operating in Dubai forward of the ultimate MotoGP rounds of 2021 and has continued his preparations following the conclusion of the season.
Talking forward of the Valencia finale, Petrucci says every little thing about his swap to rallying has been an enormous adjustment – whereas noting he’s but to find out what the remainder of his 2022 season will seem like.
“The largest factor to study within the Dakar is every little thing as a result of it’s utterly one other world,” Petrucci stated.
“I believe already in a single week of coaching I did greater than the space that I did all this 12 months with a MotoGP bike.
“So, I’m utterly new and happily I’ve some fairly good abilities for driving.
“However then the navigation is basically, actually one thing you must perceive as a result of right here [in MotoGP] we discuss metres and millimetres on the bike.
“There you discuss kilometres, and also you by no means know what’s occurring.
“Because of this, I’ll do that Dakar, then we’ll sit down a bit with KTM and can determine what the plan is for the 12 months after, if I take pleasure in to do these sorts of races or attempt to do one thing totally different.
“However in the meanwhile I’m fairly busy doing that as a result of I would like loads of time to recuperate and particularly, to know how the race may be.”
Danilo Petrucci, KTM Tech3
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Dakar organisers confirmed the details of the 2022 rally last weekend, which might be staged in Saudi Arabia and happen for 2 weeks from 1 January by way of to 14 January.
The 2022 Dakar will depend in the direction of the brand new FIA World Cross-Nation Rally Championships, whereas the occasion may also type a part of the equal FIM rally sequence.