MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso replaces Pietro Fittipaldi at Misano
MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso is going to replace Pietro Fittipaldi in the DTM races at Misano in Italy on June 8-9th. Fittipaldi is going to skip the Misano round due to a clashing commitment with the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Canada.
“I love cars and I feel lucky to be able to race with the Audi RS 5 DTM,” said Andrea Dovizioso.
“It’s tough to find the time to prepare for it during the MotoGP season but I am really looking forward to compete in such a high-level context as the DTM.”
Dovizioso finished runner-up in the 2017 and 2018 MotoGP series for Ducati and will drive for the WRT Audi Sport customer team.
“I’m delighted that in Andrea Dovizioso we managed to get a real superstar to race as a guest in the DTM,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass.
“MotoGP riders are true heroes in Italy. Andrea hails from the Misano area, won the Motorcycle Grand Prix there last year and is going to attract many additional fans. We’re already extremely excited to see how he’s going to fare in his DTM debut. That he’s taking time out for the DTM between two MotoGP races is fantastic and not to be taken for granted at all. I’d like to particularly thank Ducati’s CEO Claudio Domenicali and Luigi Dall’Igna, General Manager of Ducati Corse, who agreed to this guest entry. That’s a big thing for the DTM and for motorsport in general.”
The 33-year-old will get his first test at Misano with the Audi RS 5 DTM race car on May 22-23rd.
“The car is amazing, but it’s a different challenge compared with my Desmosedici GP and I need to get prepared, so I did many laps in the simulator before stepping into it for the first time. Misano is a special track for every Italian driver and the place where I scored an incredible win last year so I’m very excited and thankful for this opportunity,” said Dovizioso.