- August 4, 2022
Andrea Dovizioso is retiring as a rider for Yamaha’s satellite team, WithU Yamaha RNF Racing, after 20 years in Grand Prix racing. Dovizioso’s last race is the upcoming San Marino GP, and he has 6 of his races left by the end of the season. Yamaha has suggested that Cal Crutchlow will stand in for Dovizioso at these rounds.
Dovizioso has struggled to find pace on his Yamaha this year, often finishing near the back of the pack. Dovizioso started with the World Championship in his 125cc category in 2004, and finally from 2017 until 2019 he finished second in points to Marc Márquez in the MotoGP category for the third year in a row. GP has made his career successful. Dovizioso definitely found himself in an unfamiliar position this year as Fabio back his marker on a bike that only Quartararo could master.
Here is the press release from Yamaha:
|Silverstone (UK), 4 August 2022|
|Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announces that MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso has decided to retire from MotoGP after the upcoming Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. |
Dovizioso and Yamaha have maintained a warm relationship since a successful season with the Tech3 Yamaha satellite team in 2012, taking 3rd, 6th and 4th in the final standings. When Franco Morbidelli was promoted to the factory team, he rejoined Yamaha’s lineup of satellite riders for the 2021 San Marino GP.
Dovizioso was originally set to stay with the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Racing Team for the entire 2022 MotoGP season, riding a factory-spec YZR-M1 with full support from Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. decided to end his career at his Misano home race.
Official Yamaha test rider Cal Crutchlow will be the replacement rider for the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP team for the remaining six races of the 2022 season.
|Lynn Jarvis |
Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director
Of course, we regret that Andrea is leaving the sport sooner than expected. He is his MotoGP big name and will be missed in the paddock.
“When Frankie moved to the Yamaha factory team last year, we were very lucky when he was willing to join the MotoGP program and needed a replacement rider for the rest of the 2021 season. Andrea’s great expertise, experience and methodical nature were of great interest to Yamaha and the RNF team, and the project has been revised to include the entire 2022 season.
“Unfortunately, Andrea is struggling to extract the maximum potential from the M1 and the results are not immediate, creating understandable frustration for Andrea. Confirmed with us his desire to retire before the end of the season.
“Following mutual discussions, it was decided that it would be appropriate for Andrea to run his final race at Misano at his home GP. continue to In the meantime, let’s enjoy his final 3 GP and celebrate the end of his illustrious career at Misano.
|Andrea Dovizioso |
WITHU YAMAHA RNF MOTOGP Rider
Thanks for the words Lynn. I completely agree with that statement. My experience with Iwata in MotoGP in 2012 was very positive for me. Since then, I have always wanted to sign a formal contract with Yamaha sooner or later. This possibility actually popped up in 2021 in a somewhat bold way. I had a strong belief in the potential to work with this project, so I decided to give it a try.
“Unfortunately, MotoGP has changed a lot in the last few years. Things have changed a lot since then. It failed to reach its full potential.
“The results were negative, but more than that, I still consider it a very important life experience. When there are so many difficulties, you need the ability to manage situations and emotions well.” I didn’t reach my desired goal, but my discussions with the Yamaha technicians and my team’s technicians have always been positive and constructive, both for them and for me. Even the key moments remained loyal and professionally interesting.It wasn’t so obvious that it would happen.
“For all this and their support, I would like to thank Yamaha, RNF Racing Team, WithU and the other sponsors involved in the project. My adventure ends in Misano, but my relationship with everyone involved in this challenge is forever.
|Note – Andrea Dovizioso – Personal profileDate of Birth: March 23, 1986 |
Place of birth: Forlimpopoli, Italy
Number of riders: 4
First Grand Prix win: 2004 South African GP (125cc)
2022 MotoGP World Championship (22nd – 10 points) [11 GPs into the season]
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