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Petrucci scores first MotoGP podium

Petrux's braking left Dovizioso 'scared' to follow behind

DANILO Petrucci ‘started laughing’ in the last corner as he couldn’t believe he was about to take his first ever MotoGP podium.

Throughout the 2015 season, Octo Pramac Racing’s Petrucci has shown consistency and scored points at every round of the MotoGP World Championship to date.

Petrucci, on-board the Ducati GP14.1, seemed unlikely to finish on the podium at Silverstone until Sunday’s heavy rain, after which he found himself battling with Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi for the victory.

Rain can be an equalizer in motorcycle racing, with any top speed and performance advantage reduced, allowing the skills of the rider to shine through.

With little to lose except maybe a few points, Petrucci braked late, took risks and set some of the best lap times of the race.

'I really don’t understand why Valentino came so close lap-by-lap,' said the Italian.

'But then Dovizioso came and the rain fell harder and I was scared about the front. In the last two laps Dovi took a little gap. In the last lap in the last corner I started laughing, as I couldn’t believe it!'

Past seasons have seen ‘Petrux’ on uncompetitive machines.

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