On Thursday forward of this weekend’s British GP at Silverstone, Yamaha and RNF Racing introduced that Dovizioso could be retiring from MotoGP in three races’ time.
The 15-time MotoGP race winner has struggled immensely since switching to Yamaha late final yr following a quick sabbatical on the finish of his Ducati tenure on the conclusion of the 2020 marketing campaign.
Not having fun with his racing, Dovizioso feels it’s higher to cease now and have a farewell on his personal phrases at his residence race at Misano initially of September.
“I wish to thank Yamaha and the staff, as a result of they gave me an enormous help they usually understood me,” he stated on Thursday night at Silverstone.
“That has been crucial to me. I used to be relaxed to talk with them about my state of affairs.
“It was a tricky resolution as a result of after 20 years it’s at all times robust to take the sort of resolution. However it’s okay, I’m relaxed and it’s the second to take the choice.
“If you end up a rider, through the follow, race, and you aren’t the place you wish to be, your thoughts begins to consider issues and also you realise it’s the second. So, that is the explanation why I took the choice.
“As I say now, I imply it’s not so good when as a rider you assume an excessive amount of about these items.
“It’s not simply specializing in the races. While you don’t really feel aggressive, you begin to assume an excessive amount of about that.
Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing
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“I had that feeling to take this resolution and with that feeling I began to assume Misano could be the suitable race, the ultimate race, my final residence race to do and end with a celebration, with huge smiles from everyone, with my pals and all of the followers.”
Dovizioso’s MotoGP profession started in 2002 within the 125cc class, through which he was world champion in 2004 earlier than stepping as much as 250s in 2005 and MotoGP in 2008 with Honda.
Using Honda, Yamaha and Ducati equipment throughout his premier class tenure, Dovizioso’s return to Yamaha – having final rode the bike in 2012 with Tech3 – has seen him wrestle to adapt his using model to the M1.
Dovizioso admits from his first session on the M1 final yr at Misano, he recognised the traits of the bike had been at odds along with his using model and feels he tried “perhaps too many issues” to be aggressive.
“Properly, from the start after I jumped onto the bike, firstly you’re feeling precisely the bottom of the bike,” he added.
“And right away I used to be a bit stunned concerning the grip. I at all times say that.
“That, I believe, was the most important attribute I actually fought. And my strategy to journey the Yamaha has not been one of the best ways to make use of the potential of the bike, as a result of Fabio exhibits each race there’s a chance to be aggressive and battle for the title with this bike.
“I labored loads with the staff, with Ramon [Forcada, crew chief], Yamaha, making an attempt a variety of issues – perhaps too many issues. However I don’t assume that was the purpose, as a result of once we modified huge issues it didn’t have an effect on loads.
“It simply confirmed the match between my using model, my strategy to strategy the tracks and the attribute of the Yamaha didn’t match in the suitable means.”