- Australian GP victories
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Forlimpopoli, Italy
Andrea Dovizioso is a rider whose experience and level head has turned him from a midfielder into a force to be reckoned with, especially now the Desmosedici is a proven race winner. His first full Grand Prix season was in 2002 in the 125cc category where he celebrated his first and so far only world championship (2004).
After three seasons in the 250cc category (2005-2007) where he finished runner-up to former teammate Jorge Lorenzo, Dovizioso stepped up to the premier class in 2008 with the JiR Team Scot MotoGP™ squad and finished 5th in the championship and with top independent rider honours. This impressive performance piqued the interest of the factory-backed Repsol Honda effort which signed him for the 2009 season and with whom his first MotoGP™ victory came at the British Grand Prix that same year.
Seven long and tough years would pass before he again celebrated on the top step, this time with the factory Ducati squad in 2016.
In 2017 Dovizioso finished runner-up to Marc Marquez, amassing six wins and two podiums in his most successful season to date.
Dovi’s 2018 season started in style with a win at Qatar, but three DNF’s in Jerez, Le Mans and Catalunya held him back from challenging the top three until mid-way through the season. His second victory of the season came at the Czech Republic Grand Prix, followed by three more podiums and an additional win at the San Marino Grand Prix, Dovi was now challenging Marc Marquez at the top of the ladder.
With the pressure on at the Japanese Grand Prix in Motegi, Dovizioso needed to ensure he finished ahead of Marquez - but after battling through the last few laps with the 2017 MotoGP™ champion a small mistake cost him any chance at the title, crashing out and finishing a disappointing 18.
In 2019 the Italian will be looking to continue his end of season form and challenge reigning champion Marc Marquez. Dovi will also be joined by new team-mate Danilo Petrucci who will join the factory Ducati team in 2019.
Dovizioso has achieved 4 podium finishes at the Phillip Island circuit, his singular win at The Island coming in the 125cc class in 2004.