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Dovizioso to take sabbatical from MotoGP™ in 2021

11/11/20

The Italian ends his eight-year partnership with Ducati this year.

Andrea Dovizioso will take a sabbatical in 2021 but hopes to return to the MotoGP™ grid in future.

It was confirmed in August that Dovizioso's eight-year partnership with Ducati would come to an end at the conclusion of this season.

The 34-year-old, who has 15 wins and 62 podiums to his name in the premier class, had been linked with a test rider role next year.

However, Dovizioso has opted to bide his time and wait for a better opportunity to come up.

He said in a statement: "Over the last few months, I have received several offers to work as a test rider in developing MotoGP™ projects and I am grateful for the consideration received by the manufacturers. However, I have decided not to make any commitments and to remain free from formal agreements for now.

"I have an immense passion for racing. I still have the ambition to compete and fight to win. I will return to MotoGP™ as soon as I find a project driven by the same passion and ambition that I have and within an organisation that shares my same objectives, values ​​and working methods.

"Now I am focused on finishing the world championship in the best possible way, and I have already started developing some projects with my partners."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THIS IS WHAT I'M GOING TO DO IN 2021 Over the last few months, I have received several offers to work as a test rider in developing MotoGP projects and I am grateful for the consideration received by the manufacturers. However, I have decided not to make any commitments and to remain free from formal agreements for now. I have an immense passion for racing. I still have the ambition to compete and fight to win. I will return to MotoGP as soon as I find a project driven by the same passion and ambition that I have and within an organization that shares my same objectives, values ​​and working methods. Now I am focused on finishing the World Championship in the best possible way, and I have already started developing some projects with my partners. ECCO COSA FARÓ NEL 2021 Nel corso degli ultimi mesi ho ricevuto le proposte di alcune Case per partecipare nel 2021 come test rider al lavoro di sviluppo dei loro progetti in MotoGP. La cosa mi ha fatto molto piacere e sono grato per la considerazione ricevuta. Nonostante queste opportunità ho deciso di non prendere nessun impegno e di rimanere libero per ora da accordi formali. Ho un’immensa passione per le gare e ho ancora l’ambizione di voler correre e lottare per la vittoria. Tornerò quindi in MotoGP se e quando troverò un progetto guidato da altrettanta passione e ambizione e all’interno di un’organizzazione che condivida obiettivi, valori e metodo di lavoro. Ora sono focalizzato nel terminare il mondiale nel miglior modo possibile e ho gia’ iniziato a sviluppare alcuni progetti con i miei partners per il futuro. #Dovi04 #AD04 #undaunted #ForzaDucati #MotoGP #Alpinestars #SuomyHelmets #RedBull #Biotekna #Mondottica #DucatiEyewear #lentidavistaGalileo #MucOff @calloalbanese

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Ducati confirmed in September that Francesco Bagnaia would partner Jack Miller at the factory team in 2021.

Dovizioso finished second in the riders' standings in each of the previous three campaigns and looked set to be a serious title challenger after Marc Marquez was ruled out for the majority of the 2020 season through injury.

However, he slid from first in the standings to fourth after crashing out on lap one of the Catalan Grand Prix and now sits 45 points behind championship leader Joan Mir.