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MotoGP: Dovizioso thrilled by WRC ‘taxi ride’

“You have no idea of how extreme it is, how fast they go in the narrow roads and how powerful these cars are” – Andrea Dovizioso.
MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso was taken for a high-speed 'taxi ride' by reigning WRC champion Sébastien Ogier.

Dovizioso, girlfriend Alessandra Rossi and Ducati Corse sporting director Paolo Ciabatti visited the Volkswagon driver while he was testing in Sardinia.

The highlight for Dovizioso came when the rally fan took his place alongside the double world champion in the co-driver seat. Ogier then cranked it up to race speed on the gravel roads around Olbia in the northeast of Sardinia. The Ducati rider, currently third in the World Championship, was impressed.

“You have no idea of how extreme it is, how fast they go in the narrow roads and how powerful these cars are,” Dovi said. “To be honest, it is the most charged-up and incredible thing I have ever done, by a long shot - MotoGP is nothing compared to this!”

Ogier was returning a favour after Dovizioso invited him and his wife Andrea Kaiser to Mugello a week ahead of the MotoGP race, where he offered the pair an exclusive insight into what goes on behind the scenes at the Ducati team.

“I love MotoGP and really enjoyed my visit,” said Ogier. “I've always had a lot a lot of respect for the riders' skills and since Mugello I have had even more respect. The speed is impressive just to watch, it's hard to imagine what it must be like on the motorcycle. The taxi ride was my way of thanking Andrea for the invitation. And I'm pleased that he enjoyed it!”

Dovizioso will be back in MotoGP action this weekend in Catalunya, when Ogier will be competing in Rally Italy.

Tagged as: Andrea Dovizioso , Ogier

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