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Motorcycles Reactions to Dovizioso-Aus at Ducati: Rossi "surprised", Petrucci not

23:40  15 august  2020
23:40  15 august  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Valentino Rossi fragt sich vor allem, was Andrea Dovizioso 2021 machen wird © 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.

"I'm surprised because I thought there were some inconsistencies but expected them to find a solution to keep going," reveals Rossi. "From the outside it's always difficult to talk about these things because you don't know the whole story on the side of 'Dovi' and on the side of Ducati."

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Of course, with this news, the driver market will open up again a little. "Because now one of the best positions on the grid is open, namely the factory Ducati," knows Rossi. "I think a lot of drivers want to drive it, including our Francesco Bagnaia". He has been part of the VR46 driver academy for many years.

Valentino Rossi curious: where is Dovizioso going in 2021?

After one of his best MotoGP races so far in Jerez 2, where only a technical defect could slow him down in second place, Bagnaia fell during training in Brno and broke his shin. "Unfortunately he got injured at the worst moment in the championship because I think he can be very competitive."

It remains to be seen whether he will stay with Pramac-Ducati or whether he will get the chance to prove himself in the Ducati works team at the side of Jack Miller, whose rise has already been decided. The names Johann Zarco and Jorge Lorenzo also fall in connection with a possible successor to Dovizioso at Ducati.

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Meanwhile, the question arises where "Dovi" can dock from 2021. Only himself admitted that currently has no plan B. . He wanted to stay in MotoGP, with which team - unclear. "It will be very interesting to understand what happens to Dovi, whether he drives on or not, because I don't know anything," said Rossi, curious.

Aleix Espargaro: Would love "Dovi" as a teammate

One team Dovizioso has been associated with is Aprilia. There they are still waiting for the final verdict in the doping case Andrea Iannone. In the background, conversations are said to have taken place with Cal Crutchlow, who is leaving LCR-Honda at the end of the season. Would Dovizioso be an option for Aprilia too?

Aleix Espargaro could well imagine it: "I would love to have Andrea as a team-mate. He was the second best driver in the world for the past five years. It would help me to develop further. I think that I can be faster than him. But I also think I can learn a lot from him. "

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That Ducati couldn't (or didn't want to) hold him amazes Espargaro. "Some teams don't value what their drivers do," says the Spaniard and enthuses: "It's unbelievable what Andrea has achieved for Ducati. I don't know the situation, but I have emphasized several times that Andrea is one of my favorite drivers."

Danilo Petrucci criticizes the behavior of Ducati

"He works very hard and drives very cleanly. He has very good riding technique. I think he developed the bike very well. The most impressive thing for me is how fast he is on race day . He's not that powerful on Fridays and Saturdays, but he's incredibly fast on race day, "says the Aprilia driver.

Dovizioso's team-mate Danilo Petrucci knows that too. Similar to Espargaro, he criticizes that Ducati did not appreciate the Italian enough. He shows understanding for the decision of "Dovi": "I can fully understand his reason for leaving Ducati - especially after the words you said yesterday."

Petrucci is referring to the statement by team manager Davide Tardozzi, who announced on Saturday that Ducati would decide on Dovizioso after the double header in Spielberg . From the point of view of "Petrux", a slap in the face of his team mate, which probably finally broke the barrel.

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team-mate has long seen the split come

"I think Andrea has done a very good job over these eight years. To be judged after the last two races or the next two races, I don't think it's a good idea," explains Petrucci . But that's not the only reason why the report of separation in Spielberg - unlike Rossi - did not surprise him.

"I expected this news mainly because I know Andrea very well and I know Ducati very well and it is nothing new. I think it was in the air, this news," said "Dovis" team-mate. How the other Ducati drivers Jack Miller, Johann Zarco and Michele Pirro rate the situation, read here .

Petrucci will also leave Ducati at the end of the season. For his part, he knew about his own exit early on and already closed a new deal with Tech-3-KTM for the next season. If you look at the progress KTM has made this year, this is certainly not the worst alternative.

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