MotoGP | Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati end their relationship!
During Austrian GP weekend, Andrea Doviziozo’s manager Simone Battistella announced that the Italian rider will not renew his contract and he could probably take a sabbatical year, but his manager said that he will keep racing in MotoGP
There were rumors concerning Andrea Dovizioso’s future, but it seemed complicated that his relationship with Ducati could last any longer. During the whole lockdown Dovizioso’s contract was one of the main topic on the line, with his manager Simone Battistella who talked a lot about the situation of his rider.
Ducati told when the championship started that they would have decided Jack Miller’s teammate in August during Red Bull Ring races and they made in the first Austrian Grand Prix. That means Andrea Dovizioso will not race anymore with Ducati from the end of 2020, with still a championship on the line where the Italian surely has a chance to win it.
It was Simone Battistella who made the astonishing announce: “We communicate to Ducati that Andrea does not want to continue with them in the following years. Dovizioso wants to focus on the next races and there are not the conditions to keep the relationship up”
There are some chances that Dovi could take a sabbatical year, but Battistella said that Andera will stay in MotoGP: “He will not leave MotoGP, even though we are not negotiating anything with the other teams. It was a reflection made in the last period, Andrea he feels more relaxed now that he made the decision”
Paolo Ciabiatti expressed his thoughts on that with Sky Sport Italia: “We won a lot together, it is sad that Dovi made the decision to end the relationship. Our desire is to achieve more victories until the end of the year. We had a meeting but there were not the conditions to continue”