Andrea Dovizioso will not renew his contract with the factory Ducati MotoGP team in 2021, ending his eight-year partnership in the premier class.
According to overseas publication Autosport, the Ducati team is looking to move away from high-cost contracts amidst the coronavirus pandemic, and Dovizioso is reportedly unwilling to accept a pay cut.
Dovizioso’s manager Simone Battistella told Sky Italia that the Italian rider will not renew his deal in 2021.
“We communicated today to Ducati that Andrea does not intend to continue for the next few years,” Battistella told Sky Italia.
“He now wants to focus on this championship, on these races, and let’s say we don’t feel the conditions are right to continue in the future.”
This may not be the end of Dovizioso’s MotoGP career, as Battistella suggested that he is open to ride with another team.
“Andrea intends to continue running, of course, if he finds a suitable programme and proposal to do so.”
More to come.
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