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Yamaha sees Dovizioso as a replacement for Lorenzo in 2021

Oct 28, 20 | 09:30 PM
Dovizioso Lorenzo
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Mónica Collantes
motosangp.com editor – Life is Racing

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The future of Andrea Dovizioso, in 2021, could result in him becoming a Yamaha test rider replacing Jorge Lorenzo.

The transfer market for 2021 started very early and the free spaces in MotoGP were quickly filled. At present there are few left to fill, moreover, the end of the 2020 season is not far away and riders like Cal Crutchlow or Andrea Dovizioso still have nothing decided about their future. A little over a month ago, the news came that the Italian rider would leave Ducati when his contract expires later this year.

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Dovizioso’s chances of continuing in the MotoGP World Championship are still clear. There is still a gap in Aprilia that has not yet been filled. However, we still have to wait until mid-November when it will be known what will happen to Andrea Iannone and whether he will continue with the project he started last year. We are talking about a rider who has been runner-up in the world three years in a row and who could be out of the paddock in 2021.

Although the current Ducati rider could still have other alternatives to MotoGP racing. Apparently, KTM, Honda or Yamaha. Although the last one has shown a special interest in Andrea to replace Jorge Lorenzo as a test rider. The Mallorcan rider has not yet had sufficient options to defend his position as a test rider, and at the last test in Portimao he had to ride an M1 from last year as a result of Covid-19.

Dovizioso y Lorenzo
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“What Andrea wants is to join races in other disciplines during the year”

This year’s programme included several tests in Europe, but the health situation and travel problems did not allow this. So we lost the benefits that Lorenzo could have brought us. The idea is to do more tests in Europe. But for the moment we have not yet decided on the rider and the staff of the test team. We are thinking about it,” said Takahiro Sumi at a MotoGP press conference last weekend as leader of the M1 project.

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So from the Yamaha factory they might consider other possibilities such as putting Dovizioso in his place. The Italian rider is clear that his goal is to compete and assured the press that he has several offers pending. But he would also like to ride in Motocross. Simone Battistella, assured Motorsport.com that “what Andrea wants is to join races in other disciplines during the year“. Also that we will be able to know the decision on his future in 2021 this week.

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