Seeing him bid farewell to the Ducati team in the garage after the final race was truly sad. With this 2020 season, Andrea Dovizioso ends an important chapter in his career as a rider, also considering that he has decided to take a sabbatical in 2021 and so, unless something changes, we won’t see him on track.

But the former Ducati rider isn’t done and has put himself “on the market” for 2022.

 “All the tyres’ fault”

Talking during TV show Sport and Talk from Hangar-7, Dovi started by summarising his 2020, a season that brought various difficulties: “The change in rear tyres is what made the biggest difference - he explains - and as a result no one was able to be consistent. Suzuki was perhaps the most coherent, but they suffered many problems in qualifying. For my part, I couldn’t ride as I did in previous years and was unable to exploit the bike’s potential”.

Portuguese GP, Dovizioso: “I feel lighter, but also pissed”

“I still have that fire inside”

The Ducati chapter now closed, it’s time to look ahead and Andrea seems intent on returning to the championship in 2022: “I still have that fire inside. If everything goes well, I want to return. I’m working on it and am open to all offers. The future, in terms of 2022, will start to become clear a few races into the 2021 season. We need to understand if the Covid situation will continue or change, and whether the racing is restricted to Europe or not.”

“For now - concludes Dovizioso – I’m going to dedicate time to my hobby, which is MX. There are no possible options for 2021 as things stand, but I’ll work on 2022 with my manager.  The youngsters are pushing, but I want to create a good situation for myself”.

Translated by Heather Watson

MotoGP, Andrea Dovizioso and the 2022 scenarios