After confirmed announcement of Franco Morbidelli’s transfer to Yamaha’s factory team, Yamaha Motor also announced the signing of Andrea Dovizioso. He will be joining Yamaha’s satellite team rider line-up for the remainder of 2021 and the entire 2022 MotoGP season.
Dovizioso has an amazing experience which he scored three-time MotoGP Vice Champion and has many premier-class and lower-class achievements and victories to his name. Known as a late-braker and one of the cleanest competitors in battle, he also used to ride the YZR-M1 with one season in 2012. He managed to achieved six third places and a fourth place in the final standings for that season.
Dovizioso will return to action with Yamaha YZR-M1 (2019 spec) this weekend and will be partnering with Valentino Rossi for PETRONAS Yamaha SRT. The 35-year-old will start the second leg of his racing career with Yamaha on Morbidelli’s former bikes. For 2022 season, he will be riding a factory-spec YZR-M1 (2022 spec) and receive full support from Yamaha Motor.
Lin Jarvis – Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director
“We are delighted that a MotoGP star and talent like Andrea is joining the Yamaha line-up. We warmly welcome him to the Yamaha MotoGP group as a very important member of our MotoGP programme.
“We have found ourselves in unprecedented circumstances this year that resulted in totally unexpected rider issues for both Yamaha teams. We experienced some unforeseen and unfortunate events, but we have been able to transform the problems into new opportunities.
“Andrea has been away from MotoGP for a short sabbatical, but we are certain that a rider of his calibre will soon find his speed again. We are really looking forward to working with him as a member of Yamaha’s satellite team, and we will be supporting him in every way we can.”
Andrea Dovizioso – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT rider
“Racing with Yamaha has always been my dream, and that’s why when the opportunity arrived I did not think twice, although I know it’s going to be a tough challenge for me.
“I’ve got many things ahead of me to learn: a new bike, a new team, a new working system. It’s a big challenge that starts at Misano, my home GP. This makes it even more exciting. I can’t wait to be aboard my M1!”
Credit to Yamaha, Yamaha Racing, PETRONAS Yamaha SRT for the press release and official photo.