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MotoGP star Petrucci out of Dakar

Former MotoGP star Danilo Petrucci is out of his first ever Dakar when his KTM’s motor broke and he couldn’t mend it. The MotoGP winner, who switched to off-road this year, was running as high as fifth today when his bike expired. Yesterday he contested his first ever Dakar stage and finished 13th.

There is a chance he will be allowed to fit a new engine and continue to ride the event, but just for fun as he is officially ‘out’ of the race. That would be an ideal experience for his future off-road career. The 31-year-old started his career racing dirt bikes but switched to road racing aged 16 and won two MotoGP races for the Ducati team.

Petrucci pushes the broken bike
Disappointment for Danilo
His bike is choppered out