Petrucci was 'very close' to first victory
26 June 2017 – Pramac's Danilo Petrucci said a maiden MotoGP victory was "very close" as he narrowly missed out to Valentino Rossi at the Dutch Grand Prix.
Petrucci remained part of the leading quartet at Assen before he and Rossi broke clear amid drizzly conditions, and swapped positions with a handful of laps remaining.
Petrucci lost time on the final lap while lapping Suzuki's Álex Rins but surged back to Rossi, ultimately crossing the line just 0.063s adrift of his compatriot.
"At the beginning we were quite calm, following [Johann] Zarco and then when I saw Valentino go in front, I tried to follow him," said Petrucci.
"I think in the dry he was faster but then the rain came and it was quite difficult.
"I tried a lot to get in front but it was too risky, then I noticed I was a bit faster in Turn 12 in the acceleration, my Ducati was faster – and I passed him with four laps to go, but he overtook me again.
"Then on the last lap I found Rins and almost crashed passing him, so I'd lost Valentino.
"But I'm happy, it's a great result but I felt the win very close."
Petrucci's second podium in the space of three races elevated him to seventh in the standings, ahead of Ducati factory rider Jorge Lorenzo.