After finishing the last MotoGP season as runner-up for the second consecutive year, with four wins (Qatar, Brno, Misano and Valencia) and nine podiums overall (a personal record in the top class), Andrea Dovizioso is ready to challenge for the title once again, with even more experience under his belt. 2019 marks Dovizioso's twelfth season in MotoGP, and seventh in Ducati colours, where he will be joined by Danilo Petrucci.
Dovizioso, born on March 23rd 1986 in Forlimpopoli (Italy), nurtured an early passion for bikes, as he was given a minibike by his dad as a gift at the age of four. Three years later he started racing, and won national minibike titles in 1997 and 1998. Andrea then started to move up the ranks, with positive results: in 2000, he 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 (Italy), as a wild-card entry in the 125cc class.
In 2002, Andrea joined the world championship scene full-time in the 125cc class with the Scot Honda Team, finishing the season in sixteenth position. He competed in the same category until the end of the 2004 season, when he was crowned World Champion. He moved up into 250cc in 2005 and stayed there until 2007, finishing third in 2005 and runner-up twice in the next two years. In 2008 Dovizioso moved to MotoGP, again with Scot Honda, and immediately scored a fourth place in his debut race in Qatar. He finished his rookie season fifth overall in the championship, a result that earned him a promotion into the factory Honda team.
Andrea remained in the factory team for three more years, taking a win at Donington in 2009. He finished sixth overall in 2009, fifth in 2010 and third in 2011. After ten years on Honda machinery, Dovizioso moved to Tech3 Yamaha in 2012, when he scored a positive fourth place overall that consecrated him as the top satellite team rider.
In 2013 Dovizioso finally joined forces with Ducati and, after a learning season, the results started to come in 2014, thanks also to the arrival of Luigi Dall'Igna as Ducati Corse’s General Manager. Andrea scored two podiums during the season and finished fifth overall in the final standings. The positive trend continued, as Andrea began the 2015 season with three successive second places, almost winning the opening round in Qatar where he started from pole. He subsequently stepped onto the podium also at Le Mans and Silverstone and finished seventh overall in the final standings.
The 2016 season again began with a podium finish at Losail, and Dovizioso stepped onto the rostrum again at Sachsenring and Red Bull Ring, where the Ducati Team returned to victory in MotoGP with a historic one-two led by Andrea Iannone. In the final stages of the championship, Andrea scored another podium in Japan, and then finished the season with a dominant win at Sepang. Dovizioso ended the 2016 season fifth in the overall standings. The following year, the Italian successfully built up on these results and showed his form by taking six wins in total (Italy, Catalunya, Austria, United Kingdom, Japan and Malaysia) and keeping the title fight open until the very last race, and with a total of eight podiums, he finished second in the championship, a result he went on to repeat the following year.