Italian Andrea Dovizioso, three-time runner-up in the MotoGP World Championship, will retire from the premier class before the end of the season af
Italian Andrea Dovizioso, three-time runner-up in the MotoGP World Championship, will retire from the premier class before the end of the season after the San Marino Grand Prix in early September, his team announced on Thursday.
Dovizioso, 36, had initially planned to stay with the team until the end of the season, but “recently decided to retire during the race at his home in Misano”, which will take place on September 4 in Italy, the manufacturer explained. Japanese.
“Unfortunately, MotoGP has changed profoundly in recent years. The situation since then is very different: I have never felt comfortable with the bike and I have not been in a position to fully exploit its potential,” said the Italian quoted in the statement.
Dovizioso currently sits 22nd in the drivers’ standings ahead of the season return after the break this weekend in Great Britain.
Britain’s Cal Crutchlow, official Yamaha test rider, will take over for the Italian for the final six races of the season.
Present in MotoGP since 2008, Dovizioso has won 15 Grand Prix and has been on the podium 62 times. World champion in the 125cc category in 2004, he came close to winning the MotoGP crown three times (2017, 2018, 2019), defeated three times by Spaniard Marc Márquez (Honda).
During his career, the transalpine has raced for Honda (2008-2011) and had a first stint with Yamaha during the 2012 season before joining Ducati a year later, until 2020.
He returned to Yamaha in the second half of the 2021 season, after a sabbatical waiting for a good opportunity.