MotoGP Ace Andrea Dovizioso Will Take Part In A DTM Round Next Month

MotoGP Ace Andrea Dovizioso Will Take Part In A DTM Round Next Month

The multiple MotoGP race-winner will make his DTM debut in his home round at Misano on 8-9 June

Over the last few years, Andrea Dovizioso has pretty much been the only MotoGP rider able to consistently mount a challenge to the onslaught of Marc Marquez, finishing runner-up in the championship over the last two seasons and almost winning the 2017 title for Ducati.

Now, the 33-year-old is set to dip his toes into the world of four-wheeled motorsport (albeit not for the first time in his career, having taken part in a Lamborghini Super Trofeo event in 2016) as he takes part in the third round of the DTM season in Misano next month. He’ll drive for the WRT Audi squad - an appropriate move, given that Audi owns Ducati.

Dovizioso currently sits third in the MotoGP championship. (c) Ducati
Dovizioso currently sits third in the MotoGP championship. (c) Ducati

Although DTM has recently introduced a ‘wildcard’ system for manufacturers to race an extra car at certain rounds, interestingly this isn’t how Dovi will be taking part. Instead, he’s acting as a replacement driver for Pietro Fittipaldi, who’ll be busy that weekend performing his reserve driver duties for Haas in Canada.

Dovizioso has already had a brief run in a DTM car and will manage to squeeze in a couple of days of testing at Misano before the race weekend. He said of his opportunity:

“I love cars and I feel lucky to be able to race with the Audi RS 5 DTM. “It’s tough to find the time to prepare for it during the MotoGP season but I am really looking forward to competing in such a high-level context as the DTM.

“The car is amazing, but it’s a different challenge compared with my Desmosedici GP and I need to get prepared, so I did many laps in the simulator before stepping into it for the first time. Misano is a special track for every Italian driver and the place where I scored an incredible win last year so I’m very excited and thankful for this opportunity.”

(c) DTM
(c) DTM

It’s rare for active MotoGP riders to make actual race appearances in high-profile four-wheeled championships; Valentino Rossi dabbled in the World Rally Championship in the 2000s and Jorge Lorenzo has competed in the Race of Champions. Other than that, they’re usually restricted to test appearances - like last year, when Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez had an F1 test with Red Bull.

How will he get on in what is an ultra-competitive series? Hopefully, rather well, but it’s mainly irrelevant - we just think it’s awesome whenever someone steps outside their comfort zone to try something else. Best of luck to ya, Dovi!