With ten points in the MotoGP rider standings, Andrea Dovizioso arrives at Assen, a circuit that has never given him a victory in over twenty years of his career in the World Championship. Impossible to dispel the taboo with a Yamaha M1 that does not respond to his requests, with a lack of grip on the rear and changes that will never come from Iwata. It is now no mystery that at the end of the season the 36-year-old from Forlì will leave the asphalt of the tracks to devote himself to dirt and motocross.
Dovizioso arrives in Assen
Despite many difficulties and the absence of stimuli, Andrea Dovizioso will try to end this first part of the MotoGP season in the best possible way, after the two points collected at Sachsenring. “Assen has historically not been the best track for me, but I think and hope the Yamaha YZR-M1 will perform well there. On the TT Circuit I expect much more than I expected at Sachsenring. My goal before the summer break is to finish in a better position than we have achieved so far“. In the first ten races, the veteran of the premier class never hit a top-10 and his name never appeared on the drivers market.
Yamaha’s unique direction
Relations with Razlan Razali soon cracked, in the transfer from Yamaha to Aprilia he was not taken into consideration. Yet the RS-GP is a bike that ‘Dovi’ knows quite well after a series of private tests in 2021. He would never have imagined that the M1 could give him so much trouble, boasting the reputation of being agile and easy to ride. On the other hand, Fabio Quartararo’s rise to the world championship pushed development in his direction and Iwata can only take his feedback into consideration before making changes and updates. We cannot change the path he is leading to the second MotoGP title in two years. A choice that is certainly understandable, but one that is also putting Franco Morbidelli in difficulty.
The future after MotoGP
In Andrea Dovizioso’s future there will be no Superbike World Championship, after two decades and steps at great levels, and a world title in the cadet class in 2004, he doesn’t want to prove anything more. His plans include the purchase of the Faenza circuit, a few kilometers from his home. The indiscretion comes from Marco Melandri during a social speech with Davide Valsecchi: “It seems he wants to buy the cross-country track in Faenza, he would like to set up a Valentino Rossi Ranch-type Academy. These are indiscretions that remain between us. After such a season, at his age, it becomes difficult to find a competitive saddle for the next World Championship. Do you think that he tried Aprilia last year and chose Yamaha. Think now that he sees Aprilia going like this …“.