MotoGP, Dovizioso wants to return to racing, Yamaha a good opportunity


After the breakup with Vinales, Yamaha found itself with more free bikes than it ever wanted and imagined. Maverick’s farewell left his M1 idle in the factory squad and also Petronas, if Valentino were to announce his retirement or (as the Saudi prince would like) or move to his own squad, a pilot will be needed. On a wave of nationalist enthusiasm, some observers have put forward the idea of ​​moving Morbidelli to the first team, a solution which is actually difficult to achieve and which would not solve the problem, but would only create another.

First of all, Franco signed a contract not with the parent company, but with the Petronas team, so Yamaha cannot move him as he sees fit. Then the sponsors (especially WithU which is on the M1 satellite fairings) really like Morbido, and finally his goodbyes would leave the Malaysian team dry, which would mean starting from scratch and with very little choice on the market .

Yamaha’s thoughts therefore turned to SBK. The name of Turkish rider Razgatlioglu has appeared among the possible candidates but, as his manager Sofuoglu explained, he has no plans to try the MotoGP card just yet and will stay where he is, as an official statement. confirmed it definitively this morning. There would also be Garrett Gerloff, who has not gone bad at Assen as a replacement for Morbidelli, but his profile is more suited to a satellite team like Petronas than an official team.

So what will Yamaha do? Unless there is an improbable exchange of riders between teams, There’s one name that would save everyone’s bacon: Andrea Dovizioso. Dovi was deciding whether or not to become a full-time test pilot for Aprilia, but a factory M1 changes everything.

Andrea, after almost a year spent in motocross, wants to return to MotoGP, but he wants to do it on his terms, that is to say with a project that allows him to be a winner. The man from Forlì is 35 years old, so he doesn’t have many seasons ahead of him yet, and getting into the Aprilia project as a rider doesn’t quite convince him. Certainly from a media point of view it would be a winner, but the RS-GP, although progressing, is not yet a bike with which to aim for the top. In Dovi’s hands, this project would certainly accelerate, but it would still take time.

At Yamaha, on the other hand, Andrea would find a “ready” bike for which he has always had a soft spot, since his time in the Tech3 team. All that glitters is not gold however, as always, as he would find himself on a collision course with Quartararo in the same box, ie the current runner at his best. It would be a big challenge for Dovizioso, but after all, if he really wants to come back to MotoGP with a winning project, this is the only way to go. As for his cachet, the Forlì rider has always maintained that he was not so much interested in the economic aspect but in the whole package and the technical guarantees that Iwata would offer him there is no doubt.

A few months ago Dovi had chosen a Yamaha to race in motocross, it was perhaps a sign of fate …


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