December 30, 2021, Oléna Champlain

if (typeof __ez_fad_position! = ‘undefined’) {__ ez_fad_position (‘div-gpt-ad-paddock_gp_com-box-3-0’)}; It seems that fate denies Danilo Petrucci the right to participate in this race he dreams of and who is the Dakar. The Italian had suffered an ankle injury in practice before, but assured him he would be at the start of this rally classic anyway. Now, it is Covid-19 that grips Petrux, which will still undergo new checks to find out whether the positive PCR test that he regrets is reliable …

Danilo Petrucci’s participation in his first Dakar in the official KTM colors tinted with bright Tech3 orange is yet to be won. Indeed, the Italian submitted to extremely rigid anti-covid measures which require a PCR test at the airport upon landing in Saudi Arabia followed by another before entering the bivouac, transformed into a “bubble. »Which will accompany the entire Dakar until the end of January 14.

If the swab carried out on December 24 was negative, the second one carried out on December 28, and therefore compulsory to access the rally bivouac, turned out to be positive. Petrux should do another swab in the hope that the one in 28 is a false positive… Otherwise, Petrucci will have to be isolated for 7 days before returning to Italy. The Dakar 2022 will start in a few days, more precisely on January 1.

It will be recalled that the former MotoGP rider spent the last month and a half in strict and intense physical training, even overcoming a small broken ankle which should not determine his debut in the most difficult raid in the world. The driver from Terni was not alone in his preparation. The Italian completed several days of training in the desert with official KTM Dakar riders Matthias Walkner, Toby Price and Kevin Benavides, also receiving personalized tutoring from Jordi Viladoms to understand the secrets of road navigation through the roadbook.

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