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On Thursday it was announced that Andrea Dovizioso would be moving to Ducati from the start of 2013. The Italian had been a favourite for a Yamaha seat prior to Valentino Rossi’s change of heart, but now ends up replacing the multiple Champion.
Dovizioso has spent this MotoGP campaign with Tech 3 Yamaha, but next year will move back to his first works outfit since Honda, with whom he won at Donington Park in 2009. He is particularly delighted with Ducati’s recent buy-out deal from Audi.
“Yesterday we signed and it was a big decision,” says Dovizioso, now 26 and hailing from the town of Forlimpopoli. “I’m so happy and so excited to be part of the project with Ducati and Audi. I spoke with Del Torchio and Preziosi and they explained the project to me as well as Audi coming in, so it looks like there are many things to get a result.
“Everybody knows Ducati’s situation and I’m confident about us working together to get a result. I can’t say any more as nobody can say how the bike is and how Ducati is if you don’t try.”
Dovizioso was 125cc World Champion in 2004, then finished runner-up in the 250cc class of 2007 before making his MotoGP debut a year later.
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