Andrea Dovizioso Officially Announces He Is Taking A Sabbatical

Andrea Dovizioso has confirmed he will be taking a sabbatical after the end of the 2020 season. As reported on Monday, the Italian has rejected multiple offers to be a test rider, in favor of a year of racing motocross and hoping for a better project in 2022. Below is the post he made announcing the move on Instagram:



🇬🇧 THIS IS WHAT I'M GOING TO DO IN 2021 Over the last few months, I have received several offers to work as a test rider in developing MotoGP projects and I am grateful for the consideration received by the manufacturers. However, I have decided not to make any commitments and to remain free from formal agreements for now. I have an immense passion for racing. I still have the ambition to compete and fight to win. I will return to MotoGP as soon as I find a project driven by the same passion and ambition that I have and within an organization that shares my same objectives, values ​​and working methods. Now I am focused on finishing the World Championship in the best possible way, and I have already started developing some projects with my partners. 🇮🇹 ECCO COSA FARÓ NEL 2021 Nel corso degli ultimi mesi ho ricevuto le proposte di alcune Case per partecipare nel 2021 come test rider al lavoro di sviluppo dei loro progetti in MotoGP. La cosa mi ha fatto molto piacere e sono grato per la considerazione ricevuta. Nonostante queste opportunità ho deciso di non prendere nessun impegno e di rimanere libero per ora da accordi formali. Ho un’immensa passione per le gare e ho ancora l’ambizione di voler correre e lottare per la vittoria. Tornerò quindi in MotoGP se e quando troverò un progetto guidato da altrettanta passione e ambizione e all’interno di un’organizzazione che condivida obiettivi, valori e metodo di lavoro. Ora sono focalizzato nel terminare il mondiale nel miglior modo possibile e ho gia’ iniziato a sviluppare alcuni progetti con i miei partners per il futuro. #Dovi04 #AD04 #undaunted #ForzaDucati #MotoGP #Alpinestars #SuomyHelmets #RedBull #Biotekna #Mondottica #DucatiEyewear #lentidavistaGalileo #MucOff 📷 @calloalbanese

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Blessings Andrea, and thank you. You have been like a chisel relentlessly wielded by a good natured scientist. The hardest worker. Strong. Analytical. Bravely single minded. And good hearted.

Enjoy, and you don't need good luck since you make your own.


,,I will return to MotoGP as soon as I find a project driven by the same passion and ambition that I have and within an organisation that shares my same objectives, values and working methods."

Quite a judgement on the manufacturers that he did talk to. And the one he left. Which together is pretty much all of them, isn't it? Not too sure how that will win them over in another year or so...

Not sure how thought out this strategy is. He can call it a sabbatical, but effectively this is goodbye to a racing seat.  With the amount of talent coming through, do not think he will have too many options if he chooses to come back and may be a challenge finding the someone wiht the same objectives, values and working methods. He seems pretty sure that one of the teams is working to be on the same page.

That will be the last we see of Dovi, too many young guns coming through.  He's been great and I salute him, he was such a pleasant surprise in 2017.  Hardly anyone has beaten MM in a last lap dogfight, but Dovi did it a few times. The one in the wet at Motegi, which year was that?  That was awesome.  Well done Dovi.

I have a lot of respect for him.  Ducati didn't exactly treat him well (who do they?) and it reminded me of Stoner's treatment.  The mfr's that wanted him to be a test rider didn't want him racing MX, nor did they want to hire him, only to immediately lose him after a year to a competitor where he could download all sorts of key information to a key competitor.  If anything he is not greedy.  You can't be refusing millions.  I respect him even more after sticking to his guns.  He loves MX, and comes to the States to ride MX and go to Supercross so maybe he will find his calling there.  Hats off to him.  He is the closest rider to battle and almost beat Marquez. 

I will really miss Dovi in motogp, and I agree, he's probably not coming back. His craft, his patience, (his bad luck), his interviews, sad to see them gone soon. The only rider in the last three seasons who could consistently compete with Marc.

I actually rooted against him when he rode for Tech 3, battling with teammate Crutchlow. But the turning poiint was attending my first European GP, Mugello 2017. It was just a coincidence that I purchased my first Ducati less than a month later.  wink

Best wishes Andrea.


in Grand Prix circuits on a new continent then you didn't start at the bottom-trouble will be topping it!! I've been to a lot of GPs since Assen '85 & the UK since the late '70s but not much matches Mugello! Mind you, Austria last year was superb, worth a look, especially doing a bit of travelling either side of it 👍