British GP: seventh place for Danilo Petrucci at Silverstone, Andrea Dovizioso involved in a crash at Turn 1


Danilo Petrucci concluded this afternoon’s British GP at the Silverstone circuit in an overall seventh place. The Ducati Team rider from Terni, Italy, who started from row 4, lost a few positions in the early stages of the race and crossed the line at the end of the opening lap in thirteenth. Danilo then began a recovery that led him to pass Miller on the final lap and he took the chequered flag just half a second away from Crutchlow in sixth.

A nasty crash however immediately brought Andrea Dovizioso’s race to an end. The rider from Romagna, who got a good start from the third row, at the first corner was unable to avoid the bike of Quartararo, who crashed in front of him after a high-side, and he catapulted down violently onto the asphalt. On-track medical assistance arrived immediately and then Dovizioso was taken to the circuit medical centre for checks: the doctors found that he had concussion and a number of contusions, so they decided to take him by helicopter to Coventry Hospital for further checks that fortunately have excluded any complications. Dovizioso will return to Italy this evening.

Despite today’s no-points score, Dovizioso remains second in the Riders’ standings, 78 points from leader Marquez, while Petrucci drops to fourth, 4 points behind Rins, who won today’s race at Silverstone.

Ducati still holds second place in the Constructors’ standings and the Ducati Team continues to lead the special Teams’ classification.

Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 7th
“I knew that today it was going to be a difficult GP for me and the incident at Turn 1 affected my race, because I had decided to stay on the outside line but found the bikes of Andrea and Quartararo in front of me and I lost a few places. I then began my recovery and it wasn’t easy to pass the other riders, but in the last ten laps I was quick and I set my fastest lap on the penultimate lap. For sure without the crash I could have finished higher up, but when you start so far behind anything can happen. I feel bad about this missed opportunity but above all I feel bad for Andrea, and I hope it was nothing serious.”

The Ducati Team will be back on track again on Thursday and Friday of this week (29th and 30th August) for two days of official MotoGP testing in view of the GP of San Marino scheduled for the same circuit from 13th to 15th September.