Yamaha has announced the arrival of Andrea Dovizioso in the Petronas team at the San Marino Grand Prix on September 19th. So far there is only a verbal agreement, but the contract will be signed in the next few days.
The feud between Maverick Vinales and Yamaha triggered a real domino effect. The Spaniard was fired from his team after his unacceptable behavior at the Austrian Grand Prix. He will therefore be replaced by Franco Morbidelli – vice champion of the 2020 championship – until the end of the 2021 season.
As a result, a place has become available in the Petronas satellite team. According to the latest official statement, this place will be filled by Andrea Dovizioso, who is currently the test pilot of Aprilia.
Andrea Dovizioso will therefore be back in MotoGP after a year of hitchhiking. The rider from Emilia-Romagna is vice-world champion in the 2017,2018 and 2019 MotoGP championships with Ducati, and Moto3 champion in 2004. He took the start 327 times in all three categories, achieving 103 podiums and 24 victories .
Here is the statement of Lin Jarvis, General Manager of Yamaha Racing at the microphone of BT Sport.
“We have reached an agreement with Andrea and her management. We have a plan. It has not yet been signed but I don’t think there are any obstacles. We are working to bring Andrea back to Misano. He will do it. this season on Franky’s bike and a full season next year. We’re a little hesitant in our statements, because you never know until it’s signed. But it’s an open secret so Much to talk about: the opportunity is to promote Franky. He’s been on our radar for a long time. He’s in his third season, she’s tough but this opportunity will allow him to join the factory team sooner than expected. We have a plan clear in place with him and his management to do that. He will be a factory pilot in 2022. With that in mind and in this strange situation, we will promote him during the season. his return to the factory team. He is still in his rehabilitation process. He is doing well and all the news is good nes. I think he could ride a motorcycle again quickly. In Aragón, it might be possible but there is no point in rushing. I think it will be Misano, if all goes well. “
We are starting to see the new configuration of the two Yamaha teams for 2022. Quartararo and Morbidelli will be the two riders of the official team (Monster Energy), while Dovizioso should make his comeback at full speed with the satellite team. It remains to be seen who Dovizioso’s teammate will be in the new SRT team – which will no longer be called Petronas. Indeed, Valentino Rossi will retire and therefore a second place will be available at Yamaha. Jake Dixon – who is temporarily replacing Morbidelli – would have the possibility of being promoted from Moto2 if he has a good race at Silverstone. But Darryn Binder is also an option for 2022.
Andrea Dovizioso is back in MotoGP. After the premature break between Maverick Vinales and Yamaha, Franco Morbidelli was promoted to the official team. A place is therefore free at Yamaha: alongside Valentino Rossi, there will be Andrea Dovizioso, MotoGP vice-champion in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
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