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Rider: Andrea Dovizioso
Born: March 23, 1986 in Forlimpolpoli, Italy
Machine: Desmosedici (#4)
The young Italian racer Andrea Dovizioso has quickly become a rising star on the MotoGP stage. Like most of his colleagues Dovizioso started riding at a young age. After being introduced to mini-moto at age four, he went on to win two national championships in short order. At 14 he won the 2000 Aprilia Challenge at Misano. The following year he won both the Italian and European 125cc Championships.
At 16, when most people are learning how to drive on four wheels, Dovizioso was shooting up through the 125cc World Championship. Riding for Team Scot Honda he won the 125cc World Championship in 2004 with five victories and six more podium finishes. In 2005, Team Scot Honda moved Dovizioso into the 250cc World Championship where he won the Rookie of the Year award for his five podiums and third-place overall finish in the championship. The next two years saw Dovizioso challenge for the championship, but both times he settled for second to current MotoGP rider, Jorge Lorenzo.
In September 2007, Dovizioso announced that he would make the move to MotoGP with his existing team in 2008. Dovizioso’s rookie year was a huge success considering the depth of talent in the field. He notably passed Valentino Rossi on the last lap at the Qatar circuit to take fourth. He proceeded to be one of Honda’s most consistent riders, placing fourth and fifth on several occasions, and achieving a third-place podium finish at Malaysia’s Sepang GP. He finished fifth overall, making him the highest placing privateer of the 2008 MotoGP Championship. It was no surprise that the factory Repsol Honda team snatched the young Italian for their 2009 campaign. But Dovizioso suffered multiple crashes during the season and ultimately missed fifth-place by a single point.
The Italian returned in 2010 with Repsol Honda, this time earning seven podium finishes and a pole victory. Dovi was extremely consistent throughout the championship, placing within the top-five for most races and earning fifth overall in the series.
For 2011 Dovizioso has re-signed with Repsol Honda, and will be joined by teammates, Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner.
Dovi had one of his best seasons in the premier-class in 2011 notching seven podiums, four of which were second-place results. The other three rostrums were third-place results and he was unable to find his way to the top-step at any point during the year. A long-time Honda rider, Dovi was faced with a decision of whether to move to a satellite Honda team at the end of the 2011 series or switch marques since Repsol Honda reverted back to a two-rider squad with Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner. Dovizioso chose to move to the Tech 3 Yamaha satellite team for 2012 where he ran alongside teammate Cal Crutchlow. Dovizioso took 228 points in 2011 to finish third in the standings.
The Tech 3 effort was one of the strongest satellite teams on the grid in 2012, but neither Dovi nor Crutchlow were able to contend against the factory-backed Yamaha and Honda teams for race wins. Dovi finished third in six races and completed the season in fourth overall. The Italian’s contract with Tech 3 was for a single year and Dovi decided to move on to the factory-backed Ducati effort for 2013, replacing outgoing rider Valentino Rossi.
Dovi was unable to tame the Ducati in 2013 and finished eighth overall with no podiums to his credit. He and teammate Nicky Hayden were regular competitors against one another but both were often back in positions seven through 10 during races. Dovi’s high point during the year came at Le Mans where he was able to score a fourth-place finish.
Dovi remains on with Ducati for 2014 and will be joined by former Tech 3 teammate, Cal Crutchlow, for the season.
2013 – 8th MotoGP – Ducati
2012 – 4th MotoGP – Yamaha
2011 – 3rd MotoGP – Honda
2010 – 5th MotoGP – Honda
2009 – 6th MotoGP – Honda
2008 – 5th MotoGP – Honda
2007 – 2rd 250 MotoGP – Honda
2006 – 2nd 250 MotoGP – Honda
2005 – 3nd 250 MotoGP – Honda
2004 – 1st 125 MotoGP – Honda
2003 – 5th 125 MotoGP – Honda
2002 – 16th 125 Moto GP – Honda
2001 – 1st 125 European Championship – Aprilia