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Andrea Dovizioso Signs with Yamaha Motor Company for 2021-2022
September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021—Following Franco Morbidelli’s transfer to Yamaha’s factory team, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the signing of MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso. He will be joining Yamaha’s satellite team rider line-up for the remainder of 2021 and the entire 2022 MotoGP season.
The vastly experienced Italian is a three-time MotoGP Vice Champion and has many premier-class and lower-class achievements and victories to his name. He is known as a late-braker and one of the cleanest competitors in battle. Dovizioso is also no stranger to the YZR-M1, making him a perfect addition to the Yamaha rider line-up. He completed a successful season with a Yamaha satellite team in 2012, resulting in six third places and a fourth place in the final standings.
Yamaha as well as MotoGP fans the world over eagerly anticipate Dovizioso’s return to action aboard a Yamaha YZR-M1 this weekend. The 35-year-old will start the second leg of his racing career with Yamaha on Morbidelli’s former bikes. During the 2022 season he will be riding a factory-spec YZR-M1 and receive full support from Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
Lin Jarvis – Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director
“We are delighted that a MotoGP star and talent like Andrea is joining the Yamaha line-up. We warmly welcome him to the Yamaha MotoGP group as a very important member of our MotoGP programme.
“We have found ourselves in unprecedented circumstances this year that resulted in totally unexpected rider issues for both Yamaha teams. We experienced some unforeseen and unfortunate events, but we have been able to transform the problems into new opportunities.
“Andrea has been away from MotoGP for a short sabbatical, but we are certain that a rider of his calibre will soon find his speed again. We are really looking forward to working with him as a member of Yamaha’s satellite team, and we will be supporting him in every way we can.”
Andrea Dovizioso – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT rider
“Racing with Yamaha has always been my dream, and that's why when the opportunity arrived I did not think twice, although I know it's going to be a tough challenge for me.
"I've got many things ahead of me to learn: a new bike, a new team, a new working system. It’s a big challenge that starts at Misano, my home GP. This makes it even more exciting. I can't wait to be aboard my M1!”
Date of birth
23 March 1986
Place of birth
First Grand Prix
Italian GP 2001 (125cc)
First Grand Prix Win
South African GP 2004 (125cc)
Grand Prix Wins
24 (15x MotoGP, 4x 250cc, 5x 125cc)
103 (62x MotoGP, 26x 250cc, 15x 125cc)
20 (7x MotoGP, 4x 250cc, 9x 125cc)
22 (11x MotoGP, 8x 250cc, 3x 125cc)
MotoGP World Championship (4th – 135 points)
MotoGP World Championship (2nd – 269 points) [Vice Champion]
MotoGP World Championship (2nd– 245 points) [Vice Champion]
MotoGP World Championship (2nd – 261 points) [Vice Champion]
MotoGP World Championship (5th – 171 points)
MotoGP World Championship (7th – 162 points)
MotoGP World Championship (5th – 187 points)
MotoGP World Championship (8th – 140 points)
MotoGP World Championship (4th – 218 points)
MotoGP World Championship (3rd – 228 points)
MotoGP World Championship (5th – 206 points)
MotoGP World Championship (6th – 160 points)
MotoGP World Championship (5th – 174 points) [Top Independent Rider]
250cc World Championship (2nd – 260 points) [Vice Champion]
250cc World Championship (2nd – 272 points) [Vice Champion]
250cc World Championship (3rd – 189 points)
125cc World Championship (1st – 293 points) [World Champion]