Andrea Dovizioso

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Andrea Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso talks to media.jpg
Dovizioso in 2018.
Nationality Italy Italian
Born (1986-03-23) 23 March 1986 (age 32)
Forlimpopoli, Italy
Current team Ducati Team
Bike number 04
Website andreadovizioso.com
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years2008–present
ManufacturersDucati, Yamaha, Honda
Championships0
2017 championship position2nd (261 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
187 9 44 5 6 1995
250cc World Championship
Active years20052007
ManufacturersHonda
Championships0
2007 championship position2nd (260 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
49 4 26 4 8 721
125cc World Championship
Active years20012004
ManufacturersHonda, Aprilia
Championships1 (2004)
2004 championship position1st (293 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
49 5 15 9 3 492

Andrea Dovizioso (born 23 March 1986) is a professional motorcycle racer who currently competes in the MotoGP world championship, for the factory Ducati Team. He won the 125cc World Championship in 2004. He also finished third in the MotoGP class in 2011 and has been a race winner on 9 occasions, the first two coming seven years apart and the next six coming within the space of less than five months during 2017, as he mounted his first premier-class title challenge during his career.

Career[edit]

125cc[edit]

Born in Forlimpopoli to Antonio, Sicilian motorcycle racer,[1][2] Dovizioso won the 125cc Italian Aprilia Challenge in 2000. In 2001 Dovizioso won the 125cc European Championship and also competed in his first World Championship race at Mugello, in which he retired. During that year he worked with Guido Mancini, a former rider and mechanic who, in the past, had worked with Valentino Rossi and Loris Capirossi. A documentary film about Mancini's career, released in 2016 by director Jeffrey Zani, tells the story of that racing season. In 2002 Dovizioso competed in the 125cc World Championship with Team Scot Honda, finishing 16th in the final standings. His best results were two 9th places in Le Mans and Donington. He continued with the team in 2003, finishing 5th in the final standings and achieving four podium finishes. The 2004 season saw him pick up five victories and six other podium finishes on his way to winning the championship with 293 points.

250cc[edit]

Honda NSR250 used by Dovizioso in the 250cc World Championship

In 2005 Dovizioso moved to the 250cc class, continuing with Team Scot Honda. The season included five podium finishes and 3rd place in the overall standings. He also won the Rookie of the Year award. In 2006 he stayed with the team, who were now renamed as Humangest Racing. He won two races in Barcelona and Estoril and finished on the podium 11 times. He fought for the championship until the final race of the season, but had to settle for 2nd place behind Jorge Lorenzo. The 2007 season saw him win two races in Istanbul and Donington and challenge once again for the championship, but he finished in 2nd place once again.

MotoGP[edit]

Honda (2008–2011)[edit]

2008
Dovizioso at the 2008 British Grand Prix

On 15 September 2007, Dovizioso announced that he would be making the move up to the MotoGP class with his existing team in 2008.[3] On his premier class debut, Dovizioso achieved a highly credible fourth place, at the season opener in Qatar, passing Valentino Rossi on the last lap. Throughout the season Dovi was one of the most consistent Honda riders, placing 4th and 5th several times, and achieving a 3rd place podium finish at the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang. Dovizioso finished 5th in the final standings.

2009
Dovizioso at the 2009 Italian Grand Prix

For the 2009 season, Dovizioso became an official Repsol Honda rider replacing Nicky Hayden and partnering Spain's Dani Pedrosa.[4] In July 2009, Dovizioso won his first race in MotoGP at the British Grand Prix in wet conditions at Donington Park.[5] Despite otherwise consistent points finishes, Dovizioso ended up with less points than in his début season in the class, ending up sixth in the final standings.

2010
The podium after the 2010 Italian Grand Prix; Dovizioso (right) finished third, behind Jorge Lorenzo (left), and race-winner Dani Pedrosa (centre).

Dovizioso had a strong start to his second season with the Repsol Honda team picking up a podium in the season-opening race in Qatar. Three more podiums followed early in the year before his results tailed off mid season. Despite this, Dovizioso consistently racked up points and claimed his first pole position in MotoGP at the Japanese Grand Prix at Twin Ring Motegi.[6] He went on to finish second in the race after challenging for the race win, equalling his result from the British Grand Prix; Dovizioso again finished second in the following race in Malaysia. Dovizioso retired in Australia, and concluded the season with third in Portugal and fifth in Valencia to finish fifth in the final championship standings.

2011

Dovizioso remained with Repsol Honda for a third consecutive season in 2011, riding in a three-bike team alongside Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa. Dovizioso started the season well, with a fourth place in Qatar after a race-long battle with Marco Simoncelli. At Jerez, Dovizioso experienced severe tyre wear and had to make a tyre change on his way to 12th place in the damp conditions. He took fourth place in Portugal, with a late-race pass on Valentino Rossi, before Le Mans saw Dovizioso's best performance of the season to that point. Having circulated in sixth for a portion of the race, he was helped by the collision between Pedrosa and Simoncelli, which saw Pedrosa crash out and Simoncelli given a ride-through penalty. He then passed Jorge Lorenzo and Rossi en route to a second-place finish.[7] Fourth place followed in Catalunya, before another second place in Great Britain, having started fifth and led the first few laps before being overtaken by teammate Stoner. Dovizioso extended his podium run to four races after third in the Netherlands and second at his home race at Mugello.

He finished second for the fourth time in 2011, in the Czech Republic; holding off pressure from Simoncelli.[8] Two fifth places followed, before Dovizioso's only retirement of the season in Aragon, after crashing out. Dovizioso finished fifth in Japan, despite a ride-through penalty for jumping the start.[9] Dovizioso finished third in Australia and Valencia, while the Malaysian race was cancelled after the death of Simoncelli in the first attempt to run the race.[10]

He ended the season third behind Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner, but decided to move to the Tech 3 Yamaha team for the 2012 season, alongside Cal Crutchlow on a one-year deal. Dovizioso moved to the team after rejecting the offer of a satellite Honda bike,[11] after Repsol Honda reverted to two bikes – for Stoner and Pedrosa – for the 2012 season.

Yamaha (2012)[edit]

Dovizioso achieved top-five placings in each of his first three starts for Tech 3, with fifth places in Qatar and at Jerez, as well as a fourth place at the Portuguese Grand Prix. A seventh place followed at Le Mans, before his first podium of the season – a third place – at the Catalan Grand Prix. After missing out on points at the British Grand Prix due to a crash, Dovizioso finished third or fourth in each of the next six races, with four podiums to maintain fourth place in the championship ahead of teammate Crutchlow.

He won the Supermoto-Race on SIC Supermoto Day together with Mauno Hermunen, a race in honor of the memory of the Italian racer Marco Simoncelli, who also died in a race crash in 2011.

Ducati (2013–present)[edit]

2013[edit]
Ducati Desmosedici used by Dovizioso in the 2013 season

Following Valentino Rossi's move back to the factory Yamaha team, Dovizioso was signed by Ducati to replace Rossi in their factory team.[12] Dovizioso had a difficult season on an under-performing Ducati Desmosedici, with a best placement of fourth in wet conditions at the French Grand Prix. He ended the season eighth, behind Stefan Bradl and just ahead of teammate Nicky Hayden.

2014[edit]
Dovizioso at the 2014 French Grand Prix

Dovizioso was joined at Ducati by his former Tech 3 teammate Cal Crutchlow, reuniting the riders that raced with Tech 3 in 2012. The season started in a positive way for Dovizioso, who obtained three top-five results in the first four races, including a third place in the Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas and claimed his first pole position with Ducati in Japan, his first pole position since 2010. He ended the season fifth in the riders' championship.

2015[edit]

Dovizioso remained at Ducati for a third successive season, where he was joined by fellow Italian rider, Andrea Iannone, who moved from Pramac Racing. He took the first pole position of the season in Qatar, out-qualifying the rest of the field by 0.2 seconds.[13] In the race, he started well and battled with the factory Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. He finished in second place behind Rossi,[14] taking his first podium since the Dutch TT in June 2014. Teammate Iannone finished just behind in third place, giving the factory team their first double podium finish since the 2010 Aragon Grand Prix. In the following two races, he finished in second position. However, Dovizioso's form took a huge dip as he struggled with mechanical and crashes. Having scored 4 podiums from the first 5 races, he only added 1 more to his total for the rest of the season. He finished seventh in the championship.

2016[edit]
Dovisioso in 2016

Dovizioso started the season strongly in Qatar again, finishing 2nd, but was taken out by his teammate in the Argentine Grand Prix when he was 2nd, he ultimately limped over to finish 13th. He was taken out by Pedrosa in Austin while 3rd and had a water pump failure in Jerez to leave him well down the standings. Around this time it was announced that Jorge Lorenzo would be joining Ducati for 2017. A few weeks later Ducati announced that Dovizioso was to stay at Ducati to partner Lorenzo, while Iannone signed a contract with the Suzuki team. In the inaugural Austrian Grand Prix, where Ducati were favourites to win, he finished 2nd to his teammate Iannone, which left disappointed. However he finished the season strongly and took only his 2nd MotoGP in the Malaysian Grand Prix ahead of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, his first win in 7 years. He finished the season fifth in the championship.

2017[edit]

Once again, Dovizioso started the season by finishing 2nd in Qatar, this time to new factory Yamaha rider, Maverick Vinales. He was taken out again in Argentina, this time by Aleix Espargaro, before finishing 6th, 5th, and 4th in Austin, Jerez and Le Mans, however Ducati was pretty far behind the winner in those races. At the Italian Grand Prix, Dovizioso looked strong throughout practice and qualified 3rd behind Vinales and Rossi. He controlled the pace in the race, didn't let Vinales get away and ultimately passed him and opened up a gap to win the race, becoming the first Italian rider to win the Italian Grand Prix on a Ducati motorcycle. It was also his first dry MotoGP victory. 7 days later in Catalunya, he astonishingly managed to win the race again, having started 7th, ahead of Marquez, Pedrosa and his teammate. Back to back wins for Dovizioso put him only 7 points behind Vinales at the top of the standings, though he has talked down the possibility of a title fight. With Vinales crashing in Assen, he took the lead of the championship. However, series of mediocre results in Assen, Sachsenring and Brno put him down to 3rd in the standings. He took another back to back wins in Austria and Great Britain, retaking the lead as Marquez retired due to blown engine. At the San Marino grand prix, he finished third and a 7th position at Aragon saw him lose the title lead to Marc Marquez once again. At the Japanese GP however, he took his fifth win of the season after passing Marquez on the last lap, reducing the deficit to 11 points. He finished the season 2nd, losing the world championship battle to Marc Marquez, with total of 6 wins.

2018[edit]

Dovizioso took victory in the season opener in Qatar, beating Marc Marquez to the line. He finished in sixth place at the second race of the season in Argentina.

Grand Prix motorcycle racing career[edit]

By season[edit]

Season Class Motorcycle Team Number Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts Plcd WCh
2001 125cc Aprilia RS 125 RCGM Rubicone Corse 51 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC  –
2002 125cc Honda RS125R Scot Racing Team 34 16 0 0 0 0 42 16th  –
2003 125cc Honda RS125R Team Scot 34 16 0 4 1 0 157 5th  –
2004 125cc Honda RS125R Kopron Team Scot 34 16 5 11 8 3 293 1st 1
2005 250cc Honda RS250RW Team Scot 34 16 0 5 0 1 189 3rd  –
2006 250cc Honda RS250RW Humangest Racing Team 34 16 2 11 2 4 272 2nd  –
2007 250cc Honda RS250RW Kopron Team Scot 34 17 2 10 2 3 260 2nd  –
2008 MotoGP Honda RC212V JiR Team Scot MotoGP 4 18 0 1 0 0 174 5th  –
2009 MotoGP Honda RC212V Repsol Honda Team 4 17 1 1 0 0 160 6th  –
2010 MotoGP Honda RC212V Repsol Honda Team 4 18 0 7 1 1 206 5th  –
2011 MotoGP Honda RC212V Repsol Honda Team 4 17 0 7 0 1 228 3rd  –
2012 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 4 18 0 6 0 0 218 4th  –
2013 MotoGP Ducati Desmosedici GP13 Ducati Team 04 18 0 0 0 0 140 8th  –
2014 MotoGP Ducati Desmosedici GP14 Ducati Team 04 18 0 2 1 0 187 5th  –
2015 MotoGP Ducati Desmosedici GP15 Ducati Team 04 18 0 5 1 0 162 7th  –
2016 MotoGP Ducati Desmosedici GP16 Ducati Team 04 18 1 5 2 1 171 5th  –
2017 MotoGP Ducati Desmosedici GP17 Ducati Team 04 18 6 8 0 2 261 2nd  –
2018 MotoGP Ducati Desmosedici GP18 Ducati Team 04 9 1 2 0 1 88* 4th*  –
Total 285 18 85 18 17 3208 1

* Season still in progress.

By class[edit]

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125cc 2001–2004 2001 Italy 2003 South Africa 2004 South Africa 49 5 15 9 3 492 1
250cc 2005–2007 2005 Spain 2005 Portugal 2006 Catalunya 49 4 26 4 8 721 0
MotoGP 2008–present 2008 Qatar 2008 Malaysia 2009 Great Britain 187 9 44 5 6 1995 0
Total 2001–present 285 18 85 18 17 3208 1

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pos Pts
2001 125cc Aprilia JPN RSA SPA FRA ITA
Ret
CAT NED GBR GER CZE POR VAL PAC AUS MAL BRA NC 0
2002 125cc Honda JPN
Ret
RSA
10
SPA
Ret
FRA
9
ITA
12
CAT
Ret
NED
11
GBR
9
GER
13
CZE
21
POR
Ret
BRA
13
PAC
Ret
MAL
15
AUS
10
VAL
17
16th 42
2003 125cc Honda JPN
5
RSA
2
SPA
9
FRA
3
ITA
4
CAT
Ret
NED
10
GBR
2
GER
7
CZE
6
POR
8
BRA
6
PAC
3
MAL
13
AUS
Ret
VAL
8
5th 157
2004 125cc Honda RSA
1
SPA
4
FRA
1
ITA
4
CAT
2
NED
4
BRA
3
GER
4
GBR
1
CZE
2
POR
Ret
JPN
1
QAT
2
MAL
2
AUS
1
VAL
2
1st 293
2005 250cc Honda SPA
4
POR
2
CHN
2
FRA
3
ITA
8
CAT
3
NED
7
GBR
7
GER
4
CZE
6
JPN
6
MAL
Ret
QAT
3
AUS
5
TUR
5
VAL
9
3rd 189
2006 250cc Honda SPA
3
QAT
2
TUR
3
CHN
2
FRA
2
ITA
3
CAT
1
NED
3
GBR
6
GER
4
CZE
2
MAL
2
AUS
4
JPN
4
POR
1
VAL
7
2nd 272
2007 250cc Honda QAT
5
SPA
3
TUR
1
CHN
3
FRA
2
ITA
4
CAT
3
GBR
1
NED
4
GER
5
CZE
2
RSM
Ret
POR
2
JPN
2
AUS
3
MAL
11
VAL
4
2nd 260
2008 MotoGP Honda QAT
4
SPA
8
POR
Ret
CHN
11
FRA
6
ITA
8
CAT
4
GBR
5
NED
5
GER
5
USA
4
CZE
9
RSM
8
IND
5
JPN
9
AUS
7
MAL
3
VAL
4
5th 174
2009 MotoGP Honda QAT
5
JPN
5
SPA
8
FRA
4
ITA
4
CAT
4
NED
Ret
USA
Ret
GER
Ret
GBR
1
CZE
4
IND
4
RSM
4
POR
7
AUS
6
MAL
Ret
VAL
8
6th 160
2010 MotoGP Honda QAT
3
SPA
6
FRA
3
ITA
3
GBR
2
NED
5
CAT
14
GER
5
USA
4
CZE
Ret
IND
5
RSM
4
ARA
Ret
JPN
2
MAL
2
AUS
Ret
POR
3
VAL
5
5th 206
2011 MotoGP Honda QAT
4
SPA
12
POR
4
FRA
2
CAT
4
GBR
2
NED
3
ITA
2
GER
4
USA
5
CZE
2
IND
5
RSM
5
ARA
Ret
JPN
5
AUS
3
MAL
C
VAL
3
3rd 228
2012 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
5
SPA
5
POR
4
FRA
7
CAT
3
GBR
19
NED
3
GER
3
ITA
3
USA
4
IND
3
CZE
4
RSM
4
ARA
3
JPN
4
MAL
13
AUS
4
VAL
6
4th 218
2013 MotoGP Ducati QAT
7
AME
7
SPA
8
FRA
4
ITA
5
CAT
7
NED
10
GER
7
USA
9
IND
10
CZE
7
GBR
Ret
RSM
8
ARA
8
MAL
8
AUS
9
JPN
10
VAL
9
8th 140
2014 MotoGP Ducati QAT
5
AME
3
ARG
9
SPA
5
FRA
8
ITA
6
CAT
8
NED
2
GER
8
IND
7
CZE
6
GBR
5
RSM
4
ARA
Ret
JPN
5
AUS
4
MAL
8
VAL
4
5th 187
2015 MotoGP Ducati QAT
2
AME
2
ARG
2
SPA
9
FRA
3
ITA
Ret
CAT
Ret
NED
12
GER
Ret
IND
9
CZE
6
GBR
3
RSM
8
ARA
5
JPN
5
AUS
13
MAL
Ret
VAL
7
7th 162
2016 MotoGP Ducati QAT
2
ARG
13
AME
Ret
SPA
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
5
CAT
7
NED
Ret
GER
3
AUT
2
CZE
Ret
GBR
6
RSM
6
ARA
11
JPN
2
AUS
4
MAL
1
VAL
7
5th 171
2017 MotoGP Ducati QAT
2
ARG
Ret
AME
6
SPA
5
FRA
4
ITA
1
CAT
1
NED
5
GER
8
CZE
6
AUT
1
GBR
1
RSM
3
ARA
7
JPN
1
AUS
13
MAL
1
VAL
Ret
2nd 261
2018 MotoGP Ducati QAT
1
ARG
6
AME
5
SPA
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
2
CAT
Ret
NED
4
GER
7
CZE
AUT
GBR
RSM
ARA
THA
JPN
AUS
MAL
VAL
4th* 88*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Diego Giugovaz
125cc Motorcycle European Champion
2001
Succeeded by
Marco Simoncelli
Preceded by
Dani Pedrosa
125cc Motorcycle World Champion
2004
Succeeded by
Thomas Lüthi