With results so depressing that they began to outweigh all his work, one wondered why Andrea Dovizioso stubbornly persisted with a Yamaha M1, which he also repeatedly said would never suit him. A question eventually shared by the 36-year-old Italian, who announced ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix that he would stop paying for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano in a month’s time. His replacement is known and we’re swapping one veteran for another…
We insulted Jamaica that it would not happen and Andrea Dovizioso was almost insulted when he was asked whether it really made sense to continue a season that the person concerned had already promised as the last of his Grand Prix career. And yet the evidence was plentiful as was the reason, as it’s now official that the former three-time runner-up in the MotoGP world keeps going every time Ducati, will go until the end of this campaign. In order to, Andrea Dovizioso will not end the 2022 season at its end Jamaica. He will retire after the MotoGP Grand Prix Misano. The pilot from Forlì, exactly one year after joining the project JamaicaHe will leave the house of the three diapasons as the season progresses. Before the summer break, he had already expected the news that he would not be in the squad in 2023.
The English, who heard this news on their soil, also had the pleasure of learning that it is the official Yamaha test rider Cal Crutchlow who will be the reserve rider in the WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP team for the remaining six races of the 2022 season.
” In 2012 the experience with Iwata in MotoGP was very positive for me and since then I’ve always thought that sooner or later I would have liked to have had an official deal with Yamaha. commented Dovi. ” This opportunity presented itself in a rather fortunate way throughout 2021: I decided to try it because I strongly believed in this project and the possibility of doing it well. Unfortunately, MotoGP has changed fundamentally in recent years, since then the situation has been very different : I have never felt comfortable with the bike and have not been able to realize its full potential despite the valuable and continuous help of the team and the entire Yamaha factory “.
” The results were negative, but beyond that I still consider it a very important life experience: when there are so many difficultiesyou need to be able to better manage the situation and your emotions “, adds the teammate of Darryn Binder. ” We didn’t achieve the goals we set out for, but the relationship with the Yamaha technicians and those of my team has always been positive and constructive, both for them and for me. She remained faithful and professionally interesting even in the most critical moments. : It wasn’t so obvious that this would happen “.
Andrea Dovizioso: it didn’t go as we hoped, but it was just a try”
He finishes : ” For all of this and for their support, I thank Yamaha, my RNF racing team, WithU and the other sponsors involved in the project. It didn’t go as we hoped, but it was just a try. My adventure will end in Misano but the relationship with everyone involved in this challenge will remain intact forever. thank you all “.
Yamaha boss on the field Lin Jarvis closed: I would like to start by saying that of course we are all sorry that Andrea is leaving this sport earlier than expected. He’s a big name in MotoGP and we’ll miss him in the paddock. We counted ourselves very fortunate last year when Andrea gave us his will to join our MotoGP program after Franky joined the Yamaha factory team, creating the need for a reserve rider for the remainder of the 2021 season “.
” The great skill, experience and methodical character were of great interest to Yamaha and the RNF team. The project also spanned the entire 2022 season. Unfortunately, Andrea struggled to get the maximum potential out of the M1 and as a result the results weren’t there, causing understandable frustration among Italian talent. Later, during the summer break, Dovi reiterated his desire to retire before the end of the season “.
” After discussion we agreed that Andrea would contest her final race at Misano at her home Grand Prix. Of course, Yamaha will continue to fully support Dovi in the next three races. In the meantime, let’s enjoy these final GPs together, ready to celebrate the end of a spectacular career at Misano “.
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