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Petrucci makes surprise return to MotoGP with Suzuki in Thailand

2020 MotoGP world champion Mir has been out of action since breaking his ankle in a first-lap crash at the Austrian Grand Prix in August.

Having missed the Misano round, Mir tried to ride at Aragon but withdrew after Saturday and also missed last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.

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He was thought to be back for this weekend’s Thai Grand Prix, but his right ankle has taken longer than expected to recover and he is aiming to return to Suzuki for the Australian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

First reported at the Spanish outlet AS, Suzuki has confirmed that Mir will be replaced by former Ducati rider Petrucci.

“Obviously, I am very happy with the chance to race with Team Suzuki Ecstar in Thailand,” said Petrucci.

“I want to thank the team for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

“I would also like to thank Ducati and the current team management for taking on this replacement. ”

“I would also like to work with the Suzuki crew, who I have known for many years and have a great relationship with.

“I know it’s not going to be easy, so I have no expectations for this experience. I just want to have fun.

“I am also thrilled to be one of the few riders in history to jump from a MotoGP machine to a Dakar bike, a Superbike and another factory MotoGP bike!”

Petrucci made his MotoGP debut in 2012 and moved up to Ducati’s factory team in 2019 from a seat at the back of the grid with Ioda in a CRT-equipped car.

The Italian won twice during his tenure at Ducati before moving to Tech3 KTM for 2021.

But a difficult season and KTM’s desire to field its own up-and-coming rider Remy Gardner And Raul Fernandez led to Petrucci losing his place on the MotoGP grid.

He remained with KTM for his maiden attack on the Dakar Rally, taking a stage win despite suffering an injury in the event.

Danilo Petrucci, KTM Tech3

Photo credit: Gold and Goose / motorsport images

Petrucci hoped to embark on a full-blown rally-raid program with KTM in 2022, but this fell through and the Italian Petrucci once again partnered with Ducati to move into the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. did.

He won five races with the Warhorse Ducati team aboard a Panigale V4 and sealed the championship in his first season.

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However, Petrucci was just 20 points behind reigning champion Jake Gagne on Yamaha.

Petrucci was asked by Suzuki to replace Mir at the San Marino Grand Prix earlier this month, but chose instead to focus on the MotoAmerica title fight.

Suzuki welcomed occasional Moto2 starter Kazuki Watanabe as Mir’s understudy at Misano, and test rider Takuya Tsuda upgraded from wildcard status to Mir’s understudy at Motegi last weekend.

The road trip with Suzuki in Thailand marks the sixth different chassis Petrucci has ridden in his MotoGP career. Petrucci makes surprise return to MotoGP with Suzuki in Thailand

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