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Motorcycles Dovizioso in negotiations with Yamaha for test rider role

07:35  29 october  2020
07:35  29 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Andrea Dovizioso could return to the Yamaha fold in 2021 as its official MotoGP test rider in place of Jorge Lorenzo, Autosport has learned. Recently, Dovizioso confirmed he was speaking with several manufacturers about a test rider role for next year having previously stated a sabbatical is an option

Andrea Dovizioso is considering a MotoGP test rider role and is in talks with teams for 2021 following his Ducati exit. With the trend started by Casey Stoner when he returned to MotoGP as a test rider for Honda, Yamaha now has five-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo on its books and Dani Pedrosa

Andrea Dovizioso could return to the Yamaha fold in 2021 as its official MotoGP test rider in place of Jorge Lorenzo, Motorsport.com has learned.

Andrea Dovizioso wearing a uniform and holding a sign: Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team

Dovizioso rode a Yamaha in 2012 in his sole season with the Tech 3 squad after being ousted from Honda, with the Italian scoring six podiums on the M1 and finishing fourth in the standings.

He announced in August he would not be renewing his contract with Ducati beyond this year, bringing an eight-year partnership to an end.

Dovizioso was on Aprilia’s radar to join Aleix Espargaro in 2021, though Motorsport.com understands he never considered the Italian marque an option.

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With Jorge Lorenzo's role as Yamaha test rider not secured beyond this year, Rossi was asked if he would like Dovizioso as an alternative. In an exclusive interview with Autosport this week, Lorenzo said his "priority" was to renew his deal with Yamaha for next year - though confirmed rival brands

With Jorge Lorenzo's role as Yamaha test rider not secured beyond this year, Rossi was asked if he would like Dovizioso as an alternative. In an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com this week, Lorenzo said his "priority" was to renew his deal with Yamaha for next year - though confirmed rival

Recently, Dovizioso confirmed he was speaking with several manufacturers about a test rider role for next year having previously stated a sabbatical is an option if he didn’t find the right deal to continue racing.

In recent weeks, Yamaha, Honda and KTM have been in contact with Dovizioso’s manager Simone Battistella regarding a test role.

As well as the economic side, it seems Dovizioso’s desire from any deal would be the freedom to race in other disciplines – most notably motocross, having taken part in a round of the Emilia Romagna championship earlier this year before breaking his collarbone in a crash.

According to Battistella, a final decision will be made this week on his future.

“What Andrea wants is to be able to enrol in races in other disciplines this year,” Battistella told Motorsport.com. “We will make the final decision this week.”

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Dovizioso in negotiations with Yamaha for test rider role .

A key element in Dovizioso’s decision will be what manufacturer gives him the best option to return to the MotoGP grid full-time in 2022.

Given the uncertainty surrounding Marc Marquez’s injured shoulder, further layoff would make Dovizioso a perfect substitute for Honda should HRC take him on.

But HRC isn’t keen on the idea of Dovizioso combining development of the RC213V with the risk of injury from racing motocross.

KTM’s work with test rider Dani Pedrosa has yielded two victories this year, and the Austrian marque’s desire to promote in-house talent makes it unlikely Dovizioso would be guaranteed a 2022 seat.

This leaves Yamaha as his best option, given Valentino Rossi’s Petronas SRT deal is at the moment only for one year, while the Japanese marque would greatly benefit from someone with recent race experience to help develop the M1 – not least its engine, which it will be looking to make a significant step forward with for 2022 having regularly been the slowest in the speed traps this year.

Rossi keen on having Dovizioso as Yamaha MotoGP test rider

  Rossi keen on having Dovizioso as Yamaha MotoGP test rider Valentino Rossi says he would "sign now" if Yamaha has the chance to recruit outgoing Ducati star Andrea Dovizioso as a test rider for 2021. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing, Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team Dovizioso's future in MotoGP is uncertain after he announced during last month's Austrian Grand Prix weekend that he would be quitting Ducati at the end of the season, bringing to an end an eight-year partnership that has yielded 14 victories and three runner-up spots in the championship.

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Lorenzo has only tested the M1 four times this year since February, and only the 2019 bike, while questions have been raised about his level of commitment and his usefulness to the project given he was four seconds off an Aprilia at the recent Algarve test in Portugal.

Motorsport.com understands Yamaha is in pole position to secure Dovizioso’s services next year.

Under the regulations for non-concession teams, Yamaha could field Dovizioso on the grid on three occasions next season - though this will depend on the easing of current COVID-19 restrictions on wildcards.

Recently, Rossi said he’d welcome having the three-time championship runner-up as a test rider should the opportunity arise.

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