Like his compatriot Valentino Rossi a year earlier, Andrea Dovizioso admits that he has finished his career as a MotoGP rider because the results are no longer up to par.
Andrea Dovizioso will retire from motorcycle racing on September 4, 2022 in Misano at the end of the San Marino Grand Prix. The announcement was made a month before the appointment at Silverstone, on the sidelines of the British Grand Prix. And when it came to giving details, the triple vice-champion of the MotoGP world assumed that he did not live up to the expectations, and the objectives set initially.
Andrea Dovizioso explains for the first time why, in September 2021, he agreed to sign with Yamaha, after an eight-year Ducati adventure that ended at the end of 2020, after a few kilometers of tests carried out on the Aprilia RS-GP in 2021. My MotoGP experience with Yamaha in 2012 was very positive, and I had always thought that sooner or later I would have liked to have an official contract with Yamaha. This possibility presented itself, in a rather bold way, in 2021. I decided to give it a try because I strongly believed in this project and in this opportunity to do it right. »
Andrea Dovizioso had a great first experience on the Yamaha YZR-M1 in 2012. After four seasons on the Honda RC213V, including three with the Repsol team, he joined the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team. Results of the operations: six podiums, fourth place in the championship and the title of best satellite pilot. He then moved to Ducati in 2013, where he stayed until 2020. But ten years later, he is far from getting the same results as he did back then.
“Unfortunately, in recent years, MotoGP has changed profoundly. The situation has been very different since then: I have never felt comfortable with the bike, and I have not been able to fully exploit its potential, despite the valuable and continuous help of the team and all of Yamaha », suppose Since September 2021, the Italian has contested 16 races and scored just 22 points, with a best result of 11th at Portimao last April.
“The results were negative, but beyond that I still consider it a very important life experience.keep on. When there are so many difficulties, you have to have the ability to manage the situation and your emotions well. We did not achieve the desired goals, but the consultations with the Yamaha technicians and with those of my team have always been positive and constructive, both for them and for me. The relationship remained faithful and professionally interesting even in the most critical moments; it wasn’t so obvious that it happened that way. »
“For all this and for their support, I thank Yamaha, my team and WithU, as well as the other sponsors involved in the project. It didn’t turn out the way we hoped, but it was good to try. My adventure will end in Misano, but the relationship with everyone involved in this challenge will remain intact forever. Thank you all. »
The end of an era
125cc World Champion in 2004, Andrea Dovizioso did not win the title in the top categories, but was for many years one of the leaders of the peloton. He reached the 250cc world podium three times, from 2005 to 2007, before doing so four times in MotoGP. He was notably a three-time world runner-up behind Marc Márquez in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The current Yamaha rider has won 24 times in his career, including 15 times in MotoGP, making him the second biggest winner on the current grid after Marc Marquez (59 MotoGP wins). His 14 successes with Ducati make him the Italian manufacturer’s second most decorated rider after Casey Stoner, winner of 23 Grands Prix with the Reds.
But his departure also marks the end of an era, following the deaths of Dani Pedrosa (2018), Jorge Lorenzo (2019) and Valentino Rossi (2021). At 36, he was the veteran of the peloton, a costume that Aleix Espargaró will wear in 2023 at “only” 33 – he will be 34 on July 30th. This also means that no resident of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship will be on track in 2023. Although it would be better to refer to 2008, because Aleix Espargaró rode in the premier category in 2009 and 2010.
This longevity is also reflected in Andrea Dovizioso’s statistics. With 343 starts, and probably 346 at the time of his retirement, he is the second most experienced driver in the history of the Grand Prix, behind his compatriot Valentino Rossi (432) and ahead of another Italian, Loris Capirossi (328 ).
In fact, Andrea Dovizioso’s first participation in a world championship race took place at Mugello, for the Italian Grand Prix, on June 3, 2001. He then made his debut in 125cc, and in 2022 he was the ‘last grid rider who raced in the world championship at the same time as the 500cc category.
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