Danilo Petrucci is an Italian professional motorcycle rider currently competing in the MotoGP world championship for the Pramac Ducati team.
The Italian rider did not compete in the Moto3 and the Moto2 championships before entering the premium class. Instead, Petrucci chose to ply his trade European Superstock championships. Petrucci entered the competition in 2007 and showed tremendous improvement every season. His final season in the European Superstock championships (2009) saw him finish the championship in the fourth place, securing three wins in the process.
His first season in the FIM Superstock 1000 championship was a disappointment as he could not finish the season higher than the ninth place. However, in 2011, the Italian finished the FIM Superstock 1000 Championship in the second place with 169 points, just two points behind the champion Davide Giugliano. This set the path for his move to the MotoGP class.
The Italian had a troubled start to his MotoGP career. Petrucci failed to score even thirty points in a season and was classified as 19th, 17th and 20th respectively. However, his fortunes changed when he made a move to Pramac Racing Team in 2015. The Italian rider finished the riders’ championship in the tenth place, and also secured his first podium in the process.
Danilo Petrucci suffered a setback at the start of the 2016 season due to an injury and missed the first four races of the season. He marked his return with a formidable seventh-place finish at the French Grand Prix and finished the championship with 75 points.
The 2017 season saw him secure four podiums to finish the season in the eighth place with 124 points. The Italian had a great start to this season and is currently in the sixth place with 105 points (British Grand Prix).
It is announced that Danilo Petrucci would join the factory Ducati team in 2019, as Jorge Lorenzo has decided to move to Repsol Honda after two mediocre seasons with the Italian team.