Andrea Dovizioso To Retire Before The End Of The Season - Ex-Rider Will Replace Him

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Andrea Dovizioso, former 125cc world champion, will end his motorbike career before the end of the current season.

Andrea Dovizioso, former 125cc world champion and three-time MotoGP runner-up, will end his motorbike career before the end of the current season. 

The 36-year-old Italian will call it a day after the San Marino Grand Prix in Misano on September 4th, the Yamaha satellite team RNF Racing announced. Dovizioso won the 125cc title in 2004 and celebrated 24 Grand Prix victories. 

“Dovi” had left for Yamaha in mid-2021 after eight MotoGP years with Ducati, in which he finished second in the world championship behind Marc Marquez in each of the years from 2017 to 2019. 

But the successes failed to materialise. “I never felt comfortable with the bike and couldn’t fully exploit its potential,” said Dovizioso: “It didn’t go as we had hoped, but it was the right thing to try. My adventure will end at Misano.”

Dovizioso took part in his first World Championship race in 2001, his first full season in 2002. He became champion in the 125cc category on a Honda. 

The remaining races of the season after Misano will be contested by Yamaha test rider Cal Crutchlow (Great Britain).

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