Andrea Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizioso, who was born on March 23rd 1986 in Forlimpopoli, nurtured a passion for bikes at a very early age, while accompanying his father to motocross races every weekend. When Andrea was four years old, he was given a minibike and then at the age of seven he started racing, winning national minibike titles in 1997 and 1998.

In 2000 Andrea took part in the Aprilia Challenge and he won the title on his debut, repeating the achievement the following year, this time on the European stage. In the same year he took part in his first grand prix, at Mugello, as a wild-card entry. In 2002 Andrea joined the world championship scene full-time with the Scot Honda Team, finishing the season in sixteenth position in the 125cc class. The rider from Forlì then carried on in the same category until the end of the 2004 season, when he was crowned world champion.

He moved up into the 250 class in 2005 and stayed there until 2007, finishing third in 2005 and twice runner-up in the next two years. In 2008 Dovizioso made the jump into the premier MotoGP class, again with the Scot Honda Team, and immediately scored a fourth place finish in his debut race in Qatar. He finished his rookie season fifth overall in the championship, a result that helped to earn him promotion into the factory Honda team.


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Andrea remained in the factory Honda team for three more years, taking the win in the British Grand Prix at Donington in 2009 finishing sixth in 2009, fifth in 2010 and third in 2011. After ten years on Honda machinery, Dovizioso moved to the Tech3 Yamaha team in 2012, when he scored a positive fourth place overall, the top satellite team rider in the standings.

Once again the Italian's results helped to earn him a factory ride and in 2013 Dovizioso teamed up with Ducati, with the declared aim of making the Desmosedici competitive as soon as possible. After a first learning season, the results started to come in 2014, thanks also to the arrival of Luigi Dall'Igna as Ducati Corse Technical Director. Andrea scored two podiums during the season and finished fifth overall in the final standings.

In 2015 Andrea Dovizioso began the season with three successive second places and almost winning the opening round in Qatar where he started from pole position. He subsequently stepped onto the podium also at Le Mans and Silverstone. He finished the season in seventh place overall in the final standings.

The 2016 season once again began with a podium finish at Losail, but in the following races bad luck deprived him of two possible podiums in Argentina and Texas. Andrea scored a third place finish at Sachsenring and finished second to Andrea Iannone on that magical day at the Red Bull Ring, which marked the Ducati Team's return to victory in MotoGP. In the final stages of the championship, he again scored a podium in Japan, and then finished the season with a dominant win at Sepang. Dovizioso ended the 2016 season fifth in the overall standings.

In 2017 Andrea Dovizioso will begin his fifth year as factory Ducati Team rider, and together with Jorge Lorenzo they will make up one of the most formidable pairings on the current MotoGP grid.


Personal File

Age 30 (Born 23 March 1986) 
Residence Forlì, Italy 
Marital Status Single
Height 5ft 5in (167 cm)
Weight 147 lbs (67 kg)
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Racing Statistics

Race Number 04
GPs started 258 (160 x MotoGP, 49 x 250cc, 49 x 125cc)
First GP Qatar 2008 (MotoGP), Spagna 2005 (250cc), Italia 2001 (125cc)
Wins 2 (MotoGP) + 4 (250cc) + 5 (125cc)
First Win Inghilterra 2009 (MotoGP), Catalunya 2006 (250cc), Sud Africa 2004 (125cc)
Pole Positions 5 (MotoGP) + 4 (250cc) + 9 (125cc)
Fastest laps 3 (MotoGP) + 8 (250cc) + 3 (125cc)
Points 1646 (MotoGP) + 721 (250cc) + 492 (125cc)
World Titles 1 (125cc,2004)