Andrea Dovizioso

Factory Ducati Team #04 Italian

2017 Second in the MotoGP World Championship

Andrea Dovizioso won the125cc World Championship in 2004. He finished third in the MotoGP class in 2011 and has been a race winner on eight occasions, the first two coming seven years apart and the next six coming within the space of less than five months during 2017, as he mounted his first premier-class title challenge during his career.

Born in Forlimpopoli, Italy, Andrea Dovizioso won the 125cc Italian Aprilia Challenge in 2000. In 2001 Dovizioso won the 125cc European Championship and also competed in his first World Championship race at Mugello, in which he retired.

In 2002 Dovizioso competed in the 125cc World Championship with Team Scot Honda, finishing 16th. His best results were two 9th places in Le Mans and Donington. He continued with the team in 2003, finishing 5th in the final standings and achieving four podium finishes. The 2004 season saw him pick up five victories and six other podium finishes on his way to winning the 125cc World Championship with 293 points.

In 2005 Dovizioso moved to the 250cc class. The season included five podium finishes and 3rd place in the overall standings. He won the Rookie of the Year award. In 2006 he won two races in Barcelona and Estoril and finished on the podium 11 times.

He fought for the championship until the final race of the season, but had to settle for 2nd place behind Jorge Lorenzo. The 2007 season saw him win two races in Istanbul and Donington and challenge once again for the championship, but he finished in 2nd place once again.

MotoGP Career

2008 Season Honda 2008-2011

On his premier class debut, racing once again for the Scot Honda Team, Dovizioso achieved a highly creditable fourth place, at Qatar, passing Valentino Rossi on the last lap. Throughout the season Dovi was one of the most consistent Honda riders, finishing 4th and 5th several times, and achieving a 3rd place podium finish at the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang. Dovizioso finished 5th in the final standings.

2009 Season Factory Repsol Honda rider

For the 2009 season, Dovizioso became an official Factory Repsol Honda rider replacing Nicky Hayden and partnering Spain's Dani Pedrosa. In July 2009, Dovizioso won his first race in MotoGP in wet conditions at the British Grand Prix at Donington Park. Despite otherwise consistent points finishes, Dovizioso ended up with fewer points than in his debut season in the class, ending up sixth in the final standings.

2010 Season

Dovizioso had a strong start to his second season with the Repsol Honda team picking up a podium in Qatar. Three more podiums followed early in the year before his results tailed off mid season. Dovizioso consistently racked up points and claimed his first pole position in MotoGP at the Japanese Grand Prix at Twin Ring Motegi. He finish second in the race after challenging for the race win, equalling his result from the British Grand Prix; Dovizioso again finished second in the following race in Malaysia. Dovizioso retired in Australia, and concluded the season with third in Portugal and fifth in Valencia to finish fifth in the final championship standings.

2011 Season

Dovizioso remained with Repsol Honda for a third consecutive season in 2011, riding in a three-bike team alongside Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa. Dovizioso started the season well, with a fourth place in Qatar after a race-long battle with Marco Simoncelli. At Jerez, Dovizioso experienced severe tyre wear and had to make a tyre change on his way to 12th place in the damp conditions. He took fourth place in Portugal, with a late-race pass on Valentino Rossi, before Le Mans saw Dovizioso's best performance of the season. Having circulated in sixth for a portion of the race, he was helped by the collision between Pedrosa and Simoncelli, which saw Pedrosa crash out and Simoncelli given a ride-through penalty. He then passed Jorge Lorenzo and Rossi en route to a second-place finish. Fourth place followed in Catalunya, before another second place in Great Britain, having started fifth and led the first few laps before being overtaken by team mate Stoner. Dovizioso extended his podium run to four races after third in the Netherlands and second at his home race at Mugello.

He finished second for the fourth time in 2011, in the Czech Republic; holding off pressure from Simoncelli. Two fifth places followed, before Dovizioso's only retirement of the season in Aragon, after crashing out. Dovizioso finished fifth in Japan, despite a ride-through penalty for jumping the start. Dovizioso finished third in Australia and Valencia.

He ended the season third behind Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner, but decided to move to the Tech 3 Yamaha team for the 2012 season, alongside Cal Crutchlow on a one-year deal. Dovizioso moved to the team after rejecting the offer of a satellite Honda bike.

2012 Tech 3 Yamaha Team

Dovizioso achieved top-five placings in each of his first three starts for Tech 3, with fifth places in Qatar and at Jerez, as well as a fourth place at the Portuguese Grand Prix. A seventh place followed at Le Mans, before his first podium of the season - a third place - at the Catalan Grand Prix. After a crash at the British Grand Prix, Dovizioso finished third or fourth in each of the next six races, with four podiums to maintain fourth place in the championship ahead of team mate Crutchlow.

He also won the SIC Supermoto Race, in memory of MotoGP racer Marco Simoncelli, who died in 2011.

2013 Season Factory Ducati Team 2013 - present

Following Valentino Rossi's move back to the factory Yamaha team, Dovizioso was signed by Ducati to replace Rossi. Dovizioso had a difficult season on an under-performing Ducati Desmosedici, best place of fourth in wet conditions at the French Grand Prix. He ended the season eighth, behind Stefan Bradl and just ahead of team mate Nicky Hayden.

2014 Season

Dovizioso was joined at Ducati by his former Tech 3 team mate Cal Crutchlow. The season started in a positive way for Dovizioso, who obtained three top five results in the first four races, including a third place in the Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas and claimed pole position with Ducati in Japan, his first since 2010. He ended the season fifth in the riders' championship.

2015 Season

Dovizioso remained at Ducati for a third successive season, where he was joined by fellow Italian rider, Andrea Iannone, who moved from Pramac Racing. He took the first pole position of the season in Qatar, out-qualifying the rest of the field by 0.2 seconds. In the race, he started well and battled with the factory Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. He finished second behind Rossi, taking his first podium since the Dutch TT in June 2014. Team mate Iannone finished just behind in third place, giving the factory team their first double podium finish since the 2010 Aragon Grand Prix. In the following two races, he finished in second position. However, Dovizioso's form took a huge dip as he struggled with mechanical problems and crashes. Having scored four podiums from the first five races, he only added one more to his total for the rest of the season. He finished seventh in the championship.

2016 Season

Dovizioso started the season strongly in Qatar again, finishing 2nd, but was taken out by his team mate Iannone in the Argentine Grand Prix when he was 2nd, he ultimately limped over to finish 13th. He was taken out by Pedrosa in Austin while 3rd and had a water pump failure in Jerez to leave him well down the standings. Ducati announced that Dovizioso was to stay to partner Lorenzo. In the inaugural Austrian Grand Prix, where Ducati were favourites to win, he finished 2nd to his team mate Iannone. However he finished the season strongly and took his 2nd MotoGP win in the Malaysian Grand Prix ahead of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, his first win in seven years. He finished the season fifth in the championship.

2017 Season His best thus far.

Once again, Dovizioso started the season by finishing 2nd in Qatar, this time to new factory Yamaha rider, Maverick Viñales. He was taken out again in Argentina, this time by Aleix Espargaró, before finishing 6th in Austin, 5th in Jerez and 4th in Le Mans. At the Italian Grand Prix, Dovizioso qualified 3rd behind Vinales and Rossi. He controlled the pace in the race, didn't let Vinales get away and ultimately passed him and opened up a gap to win the race, becoming the first Italian rider to win the Italian Grand Prix on an Italian Ducati motorcycle. It was also his first dry MotoGP victory. Seven days later in Catalunya, he astonishingly managed to win the race again, having started 7th, ahead of Marquez, Pedrosa and his team mate Lorenzo. Back to back wins for Dovizioso put him only 7 points behind Vinales at the top of the standings. With Vinales crashing in Assen, he took the lead of the championship. However, poor results in Assen, Sachsenring and Brno put him down to 3rd in the standings. He took back to back wins again in Austria and Great Britain, retaking the championship lead. At the San Marino grand prix, he finished third and a 7th position at Aragon saw him lose the title lead to Marc Márquez once again. At the Japanese GP however, he took his fifth win of the season after passing Marquez on the last lap, reducing the deficit to 11 points.

The Australia Grand Prix

Andrea Dovizioso made a mistake at turn 1 on the second lap, dropping down to 20th. He battled through the field but suffered throughout the race, he could only finish a disappointing 13th.

Malaysian Grand Prix

For most of the race, Lorenzo was leading Dovizioso, until Lorenzo had a front end slide at Turn 15. Dovi saw his chance to pass him with 3½ laps left. He took an impressive win, Lorenzo got second, with Zarco getting third. For a 1-2 for Ducati and over 17 seconds ahead of Marc Márquez on his Repsol Honda who came fourth.

Valencia Grand Prix

Dovizioso needed to win the race, with Marquez finishing lower than 11th, to win the title.

Starting from 9th Andrea Dovizioso quickly moved up to fifth, behind Ducati team mate, Jorge Lorenzo, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha star Johann Zarco third with leader Marquez and Pedrosa second.

Jorge Lorenzo, pushing to catch the leaders, crashed out on turn 5, promoting Dovizioso to third. Dovizioso saw his chance of catching the leaders but pushed over the limit, went wide at Turn 8 and went down in the gravel trap ending his title hopes. Dovizioso returned to the pits, to a rousing cheer by his pit crew who applauded his efforts.

He took a well deserved second in the championship.

This is how he sees himself.

"At 31 years old, I had become a number, but I never felt like that," he said. "Now, people look at me in a different way. I found new fans - starting from my rivals who sent me messages of support on the eve of the finale to many people in the paddock who underestimated me - for just being normal. I like to see people sincerely happy for my success."

Dovizioso likes to describe himself as "a normal guy who does exceptional things," but this success that is worth more to him than a world title is the eulogy of normality. The greatest credit of his season cannot be measured in mere points but in his capacity to make MotoGP human again.

With his sincere and respectful temperament, Dovizioso has brought the human element to the centre of attention. "My greatest satisfaction this year is that with my races I have created an emotional link with the people," he said. "I have transmitted positive emotions, and this counts. I'm trying to have a good relationship with everyone. In a world where everybody tries to be the best, the coolest, own the best car, the best house and have the most money, I deliver a different message.

"I'm proud to be able to fight with the best riders in the world, remaining a normal person who hasn't changed his family routine and normal life. Many people can identify with me and this explains the general support that I have received from the rivals, from the people in the paddock, from the different fan clubs. I'm also lucky that I can ride a Ducati and compete in MotoGP."

Andrea Dovizioso humble lifestyle has endeared him to many many fans across the globe. In 2017 the number of his fans increased tremendously. Despite his success, he remains true to himself, seemingly unchanged by his success. He always makes time for his fans, friends and most importantly, his family. He says his family is the most important part of his life.

His Family Life

Andrea lives with his long term girlfriend Denisa. They have a daughter named Sara

- Roland Potter