9 months after wrapping up a fancy season in what nearly felt like a farewell regardless of his introduced plan to take a yr off, Andrea Dovizioso returned to the MotoGP scene on Thursday. Inducted pilot Petronas SRT, his settlement with Yamaha has been formalized for subsequent season, guaranteeing him to drive a manufacturing unit M1 after having made his mark on the handlebars of an outdated spec on the finish of the season.
This umpteenth turnaround comes after an eventful summer season for Yamaha, marked by the sensational departure of Maverick Viñales, but in addition a number of months throughout which Dovizioso gave the impression to be blowing cold and hot, repeatedly testing the Aprilia to lastly refuse to make use of it. drive in a race. Lengthy questioned by the press on this back-to-school day, he defined his determination, revealing that this surprising settlement permits him to appreciate a dream stored buried in him since his departure from Tech3 …
You ended final yr saying that you just weren’t retiring, and right here you might be certainly! Inform us how have been the previous few weeks.
In my thoughts, I wasn’t nervous about this on the finish of final yr, as a result of I knew what I needed and, if one thing loopy occurred and an essential door opened. , I might be able to take it into consideration. In motorsports it’s like that, and it has certainly occurred. With out that, I feel I may need retired from MotoGP. In any case, I didn’t expertise this example being indignant or nervous, I used to be simply relaxed and I labored at house. Then you realize what occurred and I am very pleased to be on this state of affairs. In fact that is not one of the best place to begin a racing weekend, as a result of I did not repair my place and spent eight years on the identical bike, so it is okay. take time. However however, I am pleased as a result of I am going to be capable to do 5 races and two exams earlier than the subsequent season.
You may have achieved exams for Aprilia: have you ever thought-about racing for them? Why did this settlement with Yamaha lastly persuade you greater than this selection?
I used to be very pleased to do exams with Aprilia. I feel it was good to do it, for them and for me, and it went properly. I had the chance to trip a MotoGP and I used to be capable of give my suggestions to Aprilia. After which our relationship was superb, the vibe too, so I used to be pleased to do it. However I knew what I needed. I needed one thing that wasn’t doable at the beginning of the season, after which finally it occurred so I am pleased. I am fortunate, or we labored properly, name it what you need, however that is what occurred anyway.
At first I did not wish to run in 2021, that is why I stayed at house, as a result of I did not find yourself feeling good. Massimo [Rivola] pushed me to strive the bike, and in the long run he gained. My supervisor additionally pushed me to do it, and it was a good suggestion for them and for me. However I did not do that as a result of I needed to race and be in MotoGP. I’ve all the time stated it and I am fairly blunt, I do know what I need, and this wasn’t the state of affairs I needed. Nevertheless it’s not as a result of Aprilia is not good. They present how nice she is. As quickly as I attempted the bike I advised them its foundation was superb.
Whenever you noticed what was occurring at Yamaha, have been you initially shocked?
Everybody was shocked, particularly since nobody is aware of precisely what occurred intimately. They [Viñales et Yamaha] had a protracted relationship and absolutely loads has occurred throughout these years, however we do not know. So it is a huge shock to see a contract break, and particularly in the midst of the season. I feel everybody was amazed.
Did you ever assume your MotoGP profession was over? Did you inform your self that you just felt good at house?
Sure. I felt good at house, I used to be doing what I like, I used to be aiming for my ardour, and I used to be somewhat extra relaxed. If you end up not racing in MotoGP, you might be extra relaxed. That is 100% positive and my girlfriend particularly defined it to me! At first when that door opened I thought of it, however I could not say no. Already in 2012, after an excellent yr in a satellite tv for pc workforce, my dream was to be on a manufacturing unit Yamaha and it did not occur. This dream caught in my thoughts. To get that probability after eight years on the identical bike was what I needed. It was my bike.
I do not imply that with this bike I’ll be the strongest and one of the best, however as a rider you’ve gotten an concept, a sense, while you race for a few years towards a producer, and that is one thing that I actually needed to do. In fact, I’ve extra dangers than possibilities of doing properly. […] I do not care, I run for myself and since I am passionate. I am serious about racing on a very completely different bike, for a very completely different model. I’ll take this threat, I’ve no downside.
You turn to a Yamaha after eight years on a Ducati and also you do it with an outdated spec, the problem guarantees to be sophisticated. What are your expectations?
I am unable to understand how good my bike is for the subsequent 5 races and that does not fear me. To begin with, as a result of I haven’t got to battle for something within the championship and when it comes to outcomes. The essential factor in our settlement was to have the assist of the manufacturing unit for subsequent yr, and we obtained that. What is going on to be essential this yr is that I be ok with my place on the bike and that I perceive it. I’ll positively need to trip this bike in a really completely different means than earlier than, so it’s going to take a while. In the beginning, I am somewhat extra nervous about my place than the bike. Then, after I really feel snug, I can begin pushing and giving my suggestions.
We’ll see. For various causes I feel MotoGP may be very tight proper now. The final one may be very quick and really near the primary when it comes to pace, so it is rather troublesome. However I do know it and I am not nervous about it, I haven’t got to be.
I haven’t got to battle for something when it comes to outcomes. The essential factor in our settlement was to have the assist of the manufacturing unit for subsequent yr, and we obtained that.
What do you assume has modified essentially the most concerning the championship in 9 months?
I haven’t got a transparent reply and I will be serious about figuring it out after I begin driving this bike. Since final yr the championship has modified loads. The one huge change involved the carcass of the rear tire. Clearly it has an enormous impact, however I do not understand how a lot. Is it simply that? Is that this added to the brand new technology? Subsequent yr, I might be virtually the one one in all my technology to be there, it is a bit unusual, however you may see that younger drivers begin immediately being quick. However I do not know if the brand new carcass helps them somewhat or not, as a result of it looks like it’s good to cease the bike much less and take extra pace in the midst of the flip, like in Moto2 or in a smaller championship.
That is my opinion, however I am unsure. Possibly simply with the ability to trip a very completely different bike will assist me perceive this and understand what I want to vary essentially the most in my driving model. Final yr, when there was this modification, I struggled loads, from the primary check till the final race, and I did not progress sufficient to make use of the potential of the tire, however this moto is totally completely different so we’ll see.
Did you search recommendation from Cal Crutchlow, who not too long ago rode each variations of the Yamaha?
Everybody is aware of Cal! I spoke to him for an hour in Aragón and laughed for an hour. It is exhausting to speak to Cal. We fought previously at Yamaha and Ducati, and he all the time made me snort, it is a bit sophisticated the main points of a bike with him! [rires] However he defined to me somewhat the variations between the bike of 2019 and the one in all 2021. It appears fairly clear, all of the riders say the identical factor.
Which end result would you fulfill on Sunday or within the subsequent race?
I can compete within the over 35s championship towards Valentino! [rires] [L’objectif] is not going to be the place, as a result of everybody is de facto actually quick. If we examine the hole between the primary and the final with what it was 4 years in the past, there’s a huge distinction. So the place in the mean time isn’t what’s essential. If the outcomes do not come early, that will not be the largest downside. What issues is having an excellent really feel, feeling the bike properly and enhancing it race after race, check after check. I am fortunate to do 5 races plus two exams, that is greater than what a driver who modifications groups usually does. So I feel it is constructive.
How a lot was your selection influenced by the potential for enjoying the title subsequent yr?
We’re right here for that, it’s my case anyway. It does not imply that I’ll play for the title 100%, but when I race in MotoGP… And that is why I have not achieved all the things to be in MotoGP this yr. This specific door opened and we seized the chance, but when we’re there it’s as a result of we consider we will battle. Then you must be good and the state of affairs has to current itself, however I’ve by no means run simply to point out up and I by no means will. It does not amuse me! I did not have enjoyable after I did not play the title and I do not prefer it, I am doing one thing else. So I am right here with this mentality, and we’ll see if it is doable.