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Dovizioso talks Ducati challenge

"I'm so happy and so excited to be part of the project with Ducati Audi" - Andrea Dovizioso.
Andrea Dovizioso has spoken of his decision to leave Tech 3 Yamaha and join the factory Ducati MotoGP team for the next two seasons.

Dovizioso has signed to replace the departing Valentino Rossi and is thus leaving a team with which he has taken five podiums so far this year, for a team that has been on the rostrum just once in 2012.

“I signed yesterday [Wednesday]. It was a big decision. I'm so happy and so excited to be part of the project with Ducati Audi,” said Dovizioso at Brno on Thrusday.

“I spoke with [Ducati president] Del Torchio and [Ducati Corse general manager] Preziosi. They explained the project and also the coming of Audi. So it looks like there are many things [underway] to get a result.

“The present situation at Ducati everybody knows. I hope and I'm confident of working together to get a result. I can't say more than that because nobody knows exactly how the bike is and how Ducati is if you don't try.”

Dovizioso, who is fourth and the top satellite rider in the world championship, will ride alongside Nicky Hayden next season. Hayden is missing this weekend's Brno round due to injury.

Dovi was a factory Honda rider from 2009-2011. He took his first and so far only MotoGP race win at Donington Park in 2009.

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Fitzy - Unregistered

August 23, 2012 6:35 PM

Obviously He's really excited because he's getting more money because I can't think of any other reason to get excited about joining Ducati,ask Melandri,Rossi and co.

motogp fan - Unregistered

August 23, 2012 6:51 PM

He has gone for the money. If anyone knows anything about racing at any level it is that its all about money. Would you choose to stay on a satellite bike that's decent and get 50,000 euro or so? but have to pay for many of the simple things like travel, taxi and living costs or go on a factory bike ( any factory )and be paid 6 figures and live for nothing. I know what I would do. Dovi has been a factory rider before and not many have had the chance of a 2nd one

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