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 7:23 PM

Logical choice for Dovi - wish him all the best.

He has already had a Honda factory ride. Yamaha blew him off. Ducati was the only choice.

Do it for two years and bail to WSBK. MOTOGP days are numbered unless they chance.

Eventually the fans will tire of seeing the same three winners each season. Almost time to go to WSBK.

Grandissimus - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 7:28 PM

Congratulations (I hope) Dovi! He deserved a factory contract after the year he has put in! Does Ducati really count as a factory effort at this point? That is the question. Hopefully BMW (sans Suter) takes up the fight now that Audi is in the game.

Now who (PM?)is sponsoring them for 2013-2014?

True fan - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 7:36 PM

Good luck Dovi. It's quite a risk.

Ducati made radical changes for Rossi including replacing the frame, among other things, but haven't achieved much. Not only that, Nicky was smoking him until he started to use Nicky's settings. Valentino really couldn't figure out the Ducati, nor could JB and the crew. As Rossi said, it was a dream, but it didn't work out. He just might not be as good as some people thought.

When he arrived at Yamaha, there were substantially new bikes. Rossi's "development" consisted of choosing the one he liked best. It turned out to be a winning bike - still slightly down on power to the Hondas, but much better handling. Who knows, the bikes he rejected might have been better.

If Dovi succeeds at Ducati, it will be mainly because of Dovi. The only caveat is that Rossi was the first rider they even tried to listen to. They've all learned some lessons now.

jae - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 7:50 PM

Congrats Dovi, you've deserved a factory ride since honda, bit concerned the bike won't give the results you deserve, but good luck to ya.

At least its opened the door for Cal to stay.

quackquack - Unregistered

August 22, 2012 7:51 PM

Dovi is a great rider, this is not a smart move and the past results show it. At a minimum let's hope he is at least getting paid well! Good thing is that he has a 3rd and a 4th in the championships to sell when the Ducati fails to yield results. Even with Audi's backing it will take a while before they can make actual progress. As others said, only Stoner and Bayliss have managed results, all the other riders have been field fillers...
Good luck are going to need that and a miracle to do anything other than fade to the back on the Ducati. Not hate just fact


August 22, 2012 8:21 PM

Good luck Dovi, I hope it works out. I doubt it will, as that bike is a pig wearing lipstick, but good luck. Its hard to turn down any factory ride I have to believe. I also see how he has unfinished business in GP before he heads over to WSBK. Dovi is a premier talent. Hoping for the best.

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