Andrea Dovizioso Announces Retirement From MotoGP « – Motorcycle News, Editorials, Product Reviews, Bike Reviews

  • August 4, 2022
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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
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.

NoteAndrea Dovizioso – Personal profileDate of Birth: March 23, 1986
Place of birth: Forlimpopoli, Italy
Nationality: Italian
Height: 165cm
Weight: 68kg
Number of riders: 4

First Grand Prix win: 2004 South African GP (125cc)
Grand Prix wins: 24 times (MotoGP 15 times, 250cc 4 times, 125cc 5 times)
Podium: 103 (MotoGP 62, 250cc 26, 125cc 15)
Pole Position: 20 (7 MotoGP, 4 250cc, 9 125cc)
Fastest lap: 22 (MotoGP 11, 250cc 8, 125cc 3)

racing career

2022 MotoGP World Championship (22nd – 10 points) [11 GPs into the season]
2021 MotoGP World Championship (24th – 12 points) [only took part in 5 GPs]
2020 MotoGP World Championship (4th place – 135 points)
2019 MotoGP World Championship (2nd – 269 points) [Vice Champion]
2018 MotoGP World Championship (2nd – 245 points) [Vice Champion]
2017 MotoGP World Championship (2nd – 261 points) [Vice Champion]
2016 MotoGP World Championship (5th – 171 points)
2015 MotoGP World Championship (7th – 162 points)
2014 MotoGP World Championship (5th – 187 points)
2013 MotoGP World Championship (8th – 140 points)
2012 MotoGP World Championship (4th – 218 points)
2011 MotoGP World Championship (3rd – 228 points)
2010 MotoGP World Championship (5th – 206 points)
2009 MotoGP World Championship (6th – 160 points)
2008 MotoGP World Championship (5th – 174 points) [Rookie of the Year, Top Independent Rider]
2007 250cc World Championship (2nd – 260 points) [Vice Champion]
2006 250cc World Championship (2nd – 272 points) [Vice Champion]
2005 250cc World Championship (3rd place – 189 points)
2004 125cc World Championship (1st – 293 points) [World Champion]
2003 125cc World Championship (5th – 157 points)
2002 125cc World Championship (16th – 42 points)

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