Dovizioso, who was born on March 23rd 1986 in Forlimpopoli, nurtured a passion for bikes at a very early age, when he was given a minibike by his dad at the age of four. 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 GP, 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 250s 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 Scot Honda, 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 earned him promotion into the factory Honda team.