Andrea Dovizioso calls it quits on the 2020 MotoGP championship charge following another struggle at the Teruel round.
After ending his contract with Ducati with no plan B, despite having a desire to race, Dovizioso has seemingly also called it quits on the MotoGP championship charge given his recent form with the Ducati’s hugely struggling at the two rounds in Aragon.
In the last three seasons, Dovizioso has gone home with a runners up medal at the end of the season behind one man, Marc Marquez. However 2020 is different, Marquez has missed the entire season due to breaking his humerus in the opening race of the season, handing Dovizioso a one-way ticket to a MotoGP championship, or so we thought.
Rising tensions in the Ducati camp have made the place an awful environment for both Dovizioso and Petrucci with the pair of them not enjoying their stay in the hotel of Bologna, their Trustpilot is going to take a beating that’s for sure. Dovizioso looking like he doesn’t want to be in that garage every time you look at him.
These problems, plus issues with the Ducati’s have meant that Dovizioso has not been able to get his head down and fight, struggling every race, finishing closer to P10 than P1 for a lot of the races this season. Following a disappointing P13 at the Teruel round, he seems to have thrown in the towel on what is likely his last attempt at the MotoGP crown, dropping to fifth in the standings.
“I was struggling all race and I was on the limit, I saw Quartararo and Vinales struggling and I wanted to overtake them but I was already on the limit on the soft tyre.
I could not maintain speed, Aleix Espargaro overtook me and sent me wide at turn one so I did not have any margin to recover any positions, I was pushing really hard and made another mistake in turn 8 and lost more positions.”
“I couldn’t do anything, the final position was really bad but the feeling wasn’t very good.”
Speaking on Valencia, he was equally negative, not thinking Ducati can do well there and putting the lid on the title fight with just three rounds to go.
“It is difficult to be optimistic for Valencia as I don’t think it is a good track for us.
I do not think there is any reason to talk about the championship, with that speed we can’t fight so we will see the Valencia situation but we are not part of that situation [title fight].”
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