Petronas Yamaha denies Dovizioso rumours

The Petronas Yamaha MotoGP team has quashed speculation that it is speaking to outgoing Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso to join the squad in 2021.

Petronas Yamaha denies Dovizioso rumours
Listen to this article

The Malaysian outfit has secured the services of Franco Morbidelli for two more years and is set to welcome nine-times grand prix world champion Valentino Rossi next season.

Though Rossi has said he is “99 percent” certain to stay in MotoGP and join Petronas, no deal has formally been announced as negotiations over the make-up of Rossi’s crew continue to grind on.

As a result, rumours in certain elements of the European press began to report that Rossi was now set to retire and Dovizioso was edging towards a deal to join SRT.

However, Petronas Yamaha boss and former Sepang Circuit CEO Razlan Razali has taken to social media to quash this.

In a brief post on Facebook, Razali said: “Setting the record straight, we are not considering Dovi at all for 2021.”

Dovizioso announced during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend that he would be quitting Ducati at the end of the current campaign, bringing an eight-year partnership which has yielded 14 wins and three championship runner-up spots to an end.

Neither Dovizioso or Ducati have divulged details on what led to the split, just that a deal was never tabled by the Italian marque.

Dovizioso admitted after the announcement that he had no “plan B” for 2021, but felt the decision to quit Ducati now was necessary to allow him to focus fully on the 2020 world championship battle.

The Italian has been linked to a move to KTM – having already been rumoured to join the factory squad earlier this year – despite it having firmed up its works team and works-supported Tech 3 line-ups.

This leaves his only realistic option as Aprilia, though CEO Massimo Rivola recently admitted he doubts it could afford Dovizioso.

Outgoing LCR rider Cal Crutchlow has also been linked to the seat alongside Aleix Espargaro, while Aprilia is continuing to publicly stick by Andrea Iannone while he awaits to see if his 18-month doping ban will be overturned in a hearing in October.

Read Also:

shares
comments
Stoner: MotoGP lacking "next level" with Marquez absent
Previous article

Stoner: MotoGP lacking "next level" with Marquez absent

Next article

Binder “not at all” thinking about MotoGP title yet

Binder “not at all” thinking about MotoGP title yet
Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2022 Prime

Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2022

The 2022 MotoGP season was another hotly contested championship, with Francesco Bagnaia emerging as the title winner after the campaign went to the wire. Motorsport.com picks out the 10 best performers of the season

MotoGP
Nov 29, 2022
Was the MotoGP 2022 title won by Bagnaia or lost by Quartararo? Prime

Was the MotoGP 2022 title won by Bagnaia or lost by Quartararo?

Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo had a 91-point lead over rival Francesco Bagnaia after the German Grand Prix, a seemingly impregnable gap to overcome in the remaining 10 races. But as the Frenchman struggled for pace with his Yamaha, Bagnaia stormed back into contention and swept to Ducati's first riders' title since 2007

MotoGP
Nov 25, 2022
Why there's more to Honda's 2023 MotoGP bike than the Valencia test suggests Prime

Why there's more to Honda's 2023 MotoGP bike than the Valencia test suggests

After a run on Honda's 2023 prototype MotoGP bike, six-time champion Marc Marquez made his pessimism clear with his initial reaction. But the Japanese marque has made leadership changes behind closed doors - and a more representative bike promised for the Malaysia test in February could placate Marquez.

MotoGP
Nov 23, 2022
Why new MotoGP champion Bagnaia has a stronger character than it seems Prime

Why new MotoGP champion Bagnaia has a stronger character than it seems

While new MotoGP champion Francesco Bagnaia might not be the loudest rider on the grid, his calm exterior belies a steely backbone. His part in turning around Ducati's fortunes at the start of the year, when displeased with a new engine concept, shows the strength of his character.

MotoGP
Nov 16, 2022
Why Bagnaia's MotoGP triumph is as worthy as Stoner's Ducati breakthrough Prime

Why Bagnaia's MotoGP triumph is as worthy as Stoner's Ducati breakthrough

OPINION: Despite the superiority exhibited by the Ducati in 2022, the context in which Francesco Bagnaia became MotoGP world champion means that both the rider and the Italian marque merit the same recognition that the brand and Casey Stoner received after their 2007 title

MotoGP
Nov 9, 2022
Why the 2022 MotoGP season had a bittersweet ending Prime

Why the 2022 MotoGP season had a bittersweet ending

OPINION: MotoGP’s fifth last round showdown of the modern era delivered a tense finale despite the predictable outcome, as Francesco Bagnaia ended 15 years of pain for Ducati. But as emotions ran high for the Italian marque, a final victory for a departing Japanese rival tinged the campaign’s conclusion with sadness.

MotoGP
Nov 7, 2022
Why the 2023 MotoGP title battle has already begun Prime

Why the 2023 MotoGP title battle has already begun

Since Ducati announced the arrival of Enea Bastianini to its factory team for 2023, the staging of the four-time race winner has strained the atmosphere within the Italian manufacturer, which has raised its guard in anticipation of what may happen between him and championship favourite Francesco Bagnaia.

MotoGP
Nov 1, 2022
Why Yamaha has just six months to safeguard Quartararo's future Prime

Why Yamaha has just six months to safeguard Quartararo's future

Yamaha's decision to dispense pre-season with the 2022 engine it had intended to use due to lack of reliability, the promises of improvement to Fabio Quartararo and the advance with which the rider market moves leaves the Japanese brand with less than six months to prevent the Frenchman from starting to look for a way out

MotoGP
Oct 28, 2022