Even before the start of MotoGP season, Andrea Dovizioso’s future was uncertain and after the first two race of 2020 his permanence with Ducati is more in danger than ever. Despite the Italian team expressed his desire to keep Dovi even for 2021, rumors say different things.
It is not a secret that maybe Ducati and Jorge Lorenzo had some preliminaries talks for an astonishing comeback, but surely there is nothing concrete at the moment. For sure, Andrea Dovizioso is not 100% certain to stay in Ducati.
Dovi conquered a 3rd place in the first race of the season after a long and strong battle, while he ended in 6th just seven days later. Andrea and Ducati plan to fight for the championship, but it is hard as Dovi struggled a lot during the second weekend of 2020.
We should consider also that Jerez is not one of the favorite tracks of Dovi and Ducati, but overall the results were not so good and both could not be happy with that. Ducati before the start of the season expressed his desire to keep Dovi as said earlier, but then changed his version saying that they would have waited some races to decide Jack Miller’s teammate for 2021.
Ducati nowadays confirmed only Jack Miller as next Factory rider for 2021, with his partner to be decided and Pramac Ducati riders to be assigned. Francesco Bagnaia should stay in the Satellite Team and he showed some big progress in the first two races at Jerez, while his teammate could be Jorge Martin, ready to step up from Moto2.
Anyway, with their futures to be decided, some big surprises could totally change the scenario as Bagnaia could also be promoted to the Factory Team, but at the moment there are only hypothesis.
For sure, Davide Tardozzi, Ducati Team Manager, was happy with Bagnaia’s weekend: “We are really satisfied with what Pecco (Bagnaia) did, despite his technical problem which forced him to retire after securing a strong second place. He will be the surprise of 2020 if he keeps riding like this”
On the other side, Tardozzi had strong words for Dovi: “We were expecting more points from Dovi, I am sure he can fight for the championship. When results are missing, it is not only team’s fault or rider’s one. We win as a team, we lose as a team. Anyway, we will decide Factory Ducati rider after august races”