- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Terni, Italy
Fast, fun and fitter than he’s ever been, the likable Italian signed a factory contract for the 2019 season, his first full factory seat in what will be his eighth season in the premier-class.
Celebrating his 28th birthday on race day in Australia, the former policeman is one of just two current riders not to progress to the MotoGP™ category through Moto2™ or Moto3™. It was finishing runner-up in the 2011 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup in the same year he won Italy’s National Superstock Championship which earned him a berth in the peak motorcycle racing category.
Riding for the loda-Suter squad for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, he then spent one year with the Aprilia ART effort before switching to the satellite Pramac Ducati team in 2015, where he earned his first premier-class podium. From 20th on the grid, it was a spirited ride through the field in wet conditions to finish just three seconds behind eventual winner Valentino Rossi.
His determination and hard work saw him become the satellite squad’s number one rider which gifted him a factory-spec motorcycle for the 2017 season. With which he scored four podium finishes.
Petrucci returned for the 2018 season lighter and even more determined to show fans what he can do, although he was only able to manage one podium finish, he finished with more points than his 2017 campaign, earning himself a seat on the factory Ducati team for 2019, joining Andrea Dovizioso.
Petrucci's highest finish at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix has been ninth, the Italian rider will be looking to captalise on the new factory Ducati bike in 2019 and achieve a much higher result.