Motorcycles "Not my decision": Dovizioso comments on Ducati speculations
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Ducati stopped at the beginning of the summer, before the firstrace in 2020 stated that they want to take their time choosing the second driver for the next year.
On the one hand, Jack Miller already has a driver under contract for the works team. On the other hand, there is the possibility to continue with Andrea Dovizioso. Should it come to a separation, one would have alternatives with Francesco Bagnaia and Johann Zarco.
So they wanted to wait for the first races and see how the whole situation developed. Ducati has been stating for weeks that they want to take a closer look at the second driver at the end of August - after the two races in Austria.
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On the first day of training in Spielberg, the future of Dovizioso at Ducati was suddenly a big topic again. Ducati team manager Davide Tardozzi told 'DAZN Spain' that Dovizioso's future will be decided after the two Spielberg races.
This has been known for more than two months, but Tardozzi's testimony caused a bit of a stir. When the message about Dovizioso's future appeared on television in the second free practice session, the Italian himself could only laugh about it.
"No comment," says Dovizioso Friday afternoon with a grinning face. "This is not news. I laughed because it looked like Tardozzi was going to decide my future. But that's not the case."
"That's why it was funny. We often laugh together because he has a crazy character. He's not the one who makes that decision," emphasizes Dovizioso. Because the big decisions are ultimately made by Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali and Head of Motorsport Gigi Dall'Igna.
Dovizioso said an interesting sentence about his future on Friday: "It's not my decision. You have to wait and see what they decide." When asked, he added that Dall'Igna would make the decision.
And Dall'Igna has always been a big fan of Lorenzo. Tardozzi continued to fuel the rumor mill in his interview with 'DAZN Spain' on Friday, as he said: "Jorge is an important driver. He has won for Ducati and will always be in our hearts. We will see. Jorge is a very important driver. "
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© Motorsport Images Valentino Rossi is mainly wondering what Andrea Dovizioso will do in 2021 The separation of Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati was in on qualifying day Spielberg, of course, was the topic of conversation - also among "Dovis" MotoGP rider colleagues. Valentino Rossi, who competed for Ducati himself in 2011/12, admitted that he did not expect such an outcome. It was convinced that both parties would renew.