News 22 Apr 2016

Dovizioso stakes claim for second 2017 Ducati seat

Experienced Italian focused on results for season remainder.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Current Ducati factory MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso is remaining calm about his chances of being re-signed for the 2017 season alongside incoming MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Lorenzo’s arrival to the Bologna brand will see either Dovizioso or teammate Andrea Iannone removed from the official team, however it’s understood that Ducati does want to retain the outgoing option in a satellite squad.

Former Repsol Honda and Tech3 Yamaha rider Dovizioso, now 30, has been with Ducati since the 2013 season and has played an integral role in developing the Desmosedici GP alongside the Ducati Test Team.

“Now Ducati become strong, I’m really happy about that because it means in the last four years we did a great job and Ducati have a chance to bring a world champion into Ducati next year and this is really positive for Ducati,” Dovizioso said. “I’m quite relaxed, the results were there, the speed was there this season and it’s completely different this year.

“The bike is good, the relationship with Ducati is good, they know very well what I did for them in these four years – I’m relaxed about that. Like I did in the first three races I’m focusing on the results. This is the most important thing.”

Three races into the 2016 MotoGP season Dovizioso has the upper-hand at seventh in the standings despite being taken out of Argentina and Americas, while Iannone is 11th. Both have single podium finishes to their credit, Dovizioso second in Qatar and Iannone third in Austin.