AustrianGP: Andrea Dovizioso will not continue with Ducati

Published on August 15, 2020
By Short Shift News

Andrea Dovizioso’s management (Simone Battistella) has confirmed that Andrea Dovizioso will not remain with the Bologna manufacturer into 2021, confirming the news to Italian media on site in Austria.

Andrea Dovizioso will bring an eight year stint with Ducati to a close at the end of this season, when Dovizioso leaves Italian greats, Ducati.

Joining the team back in 2013, Dovizioso has picked up 39 podiums, 13 of those being race wins.

It has been known that Dovi and Ducati management has not seen eye-to-eye in recent months, despite Andrea Dovizioso bringing Ducati the closest to returning to glory with three runner-up spots in the last three years.

Speaking on-site on Friday, Davide Tardozzi confirmed that Ducati will make their decision after the second visit to Austria, meaning we will get an announcement in the next seven to ten days. All eyes look at Francesco Bagnaia who put in an impressive performance on his Pramac Ducati in Jerez before the heat got to the better of his machine, retiring from the Grand Prix. Other names in the rumour mill are Johann Zarco, fresh from his Brno podium, Jorge Lorenzo and World Superbike championship contender – Scott Redding.

Simone Battistella – Andrea Dovizioso’s manager

“We have communicated today to Ducati that Andrea has no intention of continuing for the coming years, because he wishes now to concentrate on this championship, on these races, and we say that we don’t feel the conditions are right to continue in the future. Andrea has the intention to continue to race, of course, if he can find a programme and an offer adequate to do so.”

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