MotoGP » Official: Andrea Dovizioso to Ducati

"Andrea's technical sensibility and test-riding abilities are of great value, as are his talent and determination" - Filippo Preziosi, Ducati Corse.

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August 22, 2012 6:32 PM
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@ Southerner

I'm confident that you will be eating those words....

Dovi is going to ride the Ducati and wish that he had stayed at T3 (..assuming that winning is more important to him than money). Crutchlow is going to have many a field day with Dovi next season.

jimmy - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 6:34 PM

Sam: Are you joking? Rossi has shown the only way - the way to hell. Before him, Ducati was a regular podium contender. Rossi messed the bike up and then he was absolutely clueless about its consequent development. Hope Dovi will get the bike back on the right way.


August 22, 2012 6:42 PM

Cant believe all the negative comments about dovi's
career, You will remember that he did not light the Yamaha up for two or three races then he clicked with it. Might just do the same with the Duc. Good luck and I would like to have seem Cal give it a go.

The Mentor - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 6:43 PM

What if Ducati finally decided to listen to what Rossi said and started to work on what Rossi asked for, and the bike started to get better, and Dovi started to get good results! I bet that if this was to take place the last person to get credit for all this would be Rossi, people would start to say that Dovi is better developer than Rossi cause accomplshed what Rossi didn't. But think about this, Ducati got expose as not providing their riders with updates on the same level the Japanees usaully do for their riders, could Dovi be reaping the hard work of Nicky and Vale in the near future? I for one think he will, and it will be good, cause if Ducati wants to build a better bike for 2013 they can cause they have the all the info Jeremy and Vale provided to them over these 2 years, so Valetino would be vindicated.

Sky - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 6:45 PM

Andrea's technical sensibility blah blah blah
Its hilarious this corporate talk
Can't say poor Dovi had no other choice if he wanted to stay in MotoGP and is now trapped in that nightmare which gives him no opportunity to do something.
PS- Even stoner DID leave Ducati

Motorcycle Racing Fan - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 6:45 PM

Dovi is a very accomplished motorcross rider as well as having expreience on both Honda and Yamaha now, so I think this will certainly help him next year. We've all seen how fragile a riders career can be, so I think it's also a sound move in terms of the financial package on offer, which I'm sure is considerably better than the one from Tech 3.

I know the T3 ride seems like a better option in terms of performance at present, but he's young enough to invest the time that will be required to make the Ducati competitive, provided Audi/Ducati can attract the necessary expertize to move the project forward. The bike has received a major overhaul compared to last year's model, but the rate of evolution in face of no major improvement in handling has been painfully slow when you look at what Yamaha and particularly Honda have been throwing at it.

I know there is a train of thought that a more agressive rider is what's required, but my humble opinion is that for Ducati's long term success


August 22, 2012 6:48 PM

@ The Mentor

Good point, and trust me....objective fans have certainly considered what you've stated (..I know that I have). If Ducati continues in the direction that Rossi started (..which I believe they will since...A) they pledged Rossi to stay B) they were about to drop Hayden in favor of Dovi C) they were outted publicly by Rossi), the bike should improve by 2014. Dovi is the closest that they were going to get to an available Rossi-style rider. Signing Dovi was a strategic move to continue developing a front-end friendly bike. Hayden will be out next season in favor of Redding or Iannone.

greenfield - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 6:51 PM

assuming dovi is more skillful than rossi, he will be more successful with ducati than rossi..yet rossi has been acclaimed as the multiple motogp world champion while dovi has not..he does not either has some peculiar riding style such as stoner's that is necessary to tame i doubt if people agree with this assumption and dovi is able to outclass rossi and stoner on ducati

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