'Dovi' looks back - 'My Way Was Different From Others, Maybe I Was Too Friendly'
Andrea Dovizioso’s great MotoGP career ends after the Misano GP next week. Before his last race weekend, the Italian looks back.
For Andrea Dovizioso, the 2022 season was not an easy one. The Italian, who competes for the WithU Yamaha RNF team, did not manage more than a eleventh place finish in 13 races.
Dovizioso at the Austrian GP – Image provided by Motorsport Images
After the summer break, the 2004 125cc champion announced he would be leaving the sport after his home Grand Prix in Misano.
In an interview with Speedweek.com, the Italian looks back on his approach to MotoGP: “I was always fast but never aggressive. My way was different from others.”
“Everyone wants to see everyone aggressive, but I don’t care. For me, it is not important to hear what other people think, because they cannot know the truth in detail.”
“With most of the drivers, it was along the lines of, “You brake late, I brake later. You’re aggressive, I’m more aggressive.”
Dovizioso says h doesn’t think it is the rigth approach for every race and mentions his duels with Marc Marquez: “I think that’s the worst thing you could do to Marc. I was aware of that, so I didn’t act that way.”
It is astonishing to see that although the two dominating forces from 2017 to 2019 fought hard to the last corner in many races, there has never been an accident between the two.
“I think it was a consequence of how I raced against him. It was a bit weird, but in the end it was very nice because nothing ever happened between us.”
The 15-time MotoGP race winner was the only one who could compete against Marc Marquez between 2017 and 2019.
Despite this, the Italian cites the 2017 race at Silverstine as his best race win: “The win at Silverstone 2017 was crazy because I did everything perfectly.”
Dovi celebrating his win at Silverstone in 2017 – Image provided by Motorsport Images
After a 346 race long career, Andrea Dovizioso will end it all at his home Grand Prix in Misano. Unfortunately, he never made the big leap to the world championship title in MotoGP.
Despite this, the Italian leaves behind an incredible career with 24 Grand Prix wins over all classes and the 2004 125cc championship title.