Among the 12 factory riders in MotoGP this year, one finds himself in a unique - and, some would say, somewhat precarious - position heading into the new season.
Danilo Petrucci certainly has big shoes to fill in 2019. He was handed the chance of a lifetime by the works Ducati outfit in what many observers regard as a hastily-made decision by company CEO Claudio Domenicali, who had lost patience with star signing Jorge Lorenzo's lack of progress.
The decision was made after the Le Mans race last May, at which point Petrucci was the best Ducati rider in the standings. Two weeks later, Lorenzo scored his first win in red leathers, but it was too late; the decision to axe the three-time MotoGP champion had already been made.