Andrea Dovizioso chose not to wait: the sudden decision on retirement

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Dovizioso’s sudden decision

Andrea Dovizioso has announced, by agreement with Yamaha, that he will end his season prematurely, retiring from MotoGp after the San Marino Grand Prix on Sept. 4.

Replacing the Forlivese at the helm of the WithU Yamaha motorcycle for the final six races of the championship will be 36-year-old Cal Crutchlow.

The former Ducati and Honda rider, among others, wanted to explain his reasons: “In 2012, the experience with the Iwata company in MotoGP had been very positive for me, and since then I always thought that I would like, sooner or later, to have an official contract with Yamaha. This possibility presented itself, admittedly in a somewhat circuitous way, during 2021: I decided to go for it because I believed a lot in this project and in the possibility of doing well. Unfortunately, in recent years MotoGP has changed profoundly, the situation is very different from then: I never got on well with the bike and I was not able to make the most of its potential, despite the valuable and continuous help from the team and all of Yamaha.”

“The results were negative, but beyond that, I still consider it a very important life experience: when there are so many difficulties, you have to have the ability to manage the situation and your emotions as best you can. We did not achieve the goals we had hoped for, but the confrontation with the Yamaha technicians and those in my team was always positive and constructive, both for them and for me. The relationship has remained loyal and professionally interesting even in the most critical moments-it was not so expected to happen. For all this and for their support, I thank Yamaha, my RNF racing team, WithU and the other sponsors involved in the project. It didn’t turn out the way we hoped, but it was okay to try. My adventure will end in Misano, but the relationship with all the people involved in this challenge will remain intact forever. Thank you to everyone,” continued the Romagnolo, who made his MotoGp debut in 2008.

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