Unless a miracle happens and pigs start to fly, it is highly unlikely Andrea Dovizioso will win a MotoGP title.
Yes, Dovizioso is just 28 points behind title leader Joan Mir, however, the pair are having two completely different seasons. Not to mention Dovizioso ruining every contract negotiation put in front of him due to his high wage demand, stopping Ducati, KTM and Aprilia from signing him for 2021, it looks like 2020 will be his last season in MotoGP for now as he heads (rumoured) to Yamaha in a testing role.
Andrea Dovizioso and consistency are normally two things you would pair together, yet in 2020, he has been far from consistent and has slowly but surely been dropping down the championship standings, not helped by the Barcelona crash, inadvertently caused by Pol Espargaro and Danilo Petrucci, causing fellow Ducati man Johann Zarco to fall and take Dovizioso with him.
Dovizioso has been running around the P10 spot for much of the season with a P13 in the Teruel race capping this off with Dovizioso himself confirming that he cannot fight for the title like this, especially when Joan Mir is standing on the podium every race and practically running away with the trophy.
In the championship standings, Dovizioso currently sits in P5, surrounded by riders much more competitive than him, being overtaken by Franco Morbidelli overall in the Teruel round after his race win. This is not forgetting Alex Rins who has had a horrific start to the year, sitting in P14 overall at one point, Rins is now in P6, just 4 points behind Dovizioso in the championship standings.
This major lack of consistency has lost him the 2020 title in a season where all eyes were on him to finally do the business with no Marc Marquez around to spoil the party. The tensions inside the Ducati box have not helped things with Dovizioso’s mental strength likely running quite thin at the hands of Ducati, wringing his neck every race, not accepting anything less than wins.
Unfortunately, in a season where he was destined to be the champion, Dovizioso has not been able to pull the required results out of the bag and will not be crowned the champion, unless a miracle was to happen.
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