Andrea Dovizioso has announced he plans to take a year off from MotoGP competition after he departs the Ducati Team at the end of the current season.
It brings to an end a 13-year run for Dovizioso in MotoGP. Since he made his MotoGP debut in 2008, Dovizioso has won 15 events and finished second in the MotoGP standings from 2017 to ’19.
“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,” Dovizioso said in a statement on his Instagram account.
“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.”