Published on May 9th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair0
Moto GP’s Andrea Dovizioso Guest Driver of Audi at DTM
Here’s a crossover you probably didn’t expect. Moto GP’s star rider Andrea Dovizioso be making a guest appearance at 2 DTM races happening on the 8th and 9th of June 2019.
In these races, he’ll be put behind the wheel of an Audi RS 5 DTM. He’s already spent some time familiarising himself with the car at Audi’s Competence Centre in Neuburg a. d. Danau. Before his DTM debut, he’ll have another go in the 610hp car at the Misano Circuit itself.
The Ducati factory rider is currently ranked no.3 in MotoGP standings.
For more on this story, check out the press release below.
A prominent guest driver at Audi Sport in the DTM: For one weekend, Italian motorcycle star Andrea Dovizioso (33 years old) is going to switch from his Ducati Desmosedici GP into the cockpit of an Audi RS 5 DTM. The MotoGP 2017 and 2018 runner-up will contest the two DTM races at Misano (Italy) on June 8 and 9.
With 13 Grand Prix victories and 53 podium finishes to his credit, Andrea Dovizioso is currently one of the most successful MotoGP riders. In both of the past two years, the Italian finished runner-up in the world championship with Ducati. After four of 19 races in the 2019 season, he is ranked in third position of the MotoGP standings, with just a three-point deficit to the leader Marc Márquez. On making his DTM debut, Dovizioso is now following in the footsteps of famous motorcycle racers like John Surtees, Mike Hailwood and Johnny Cecotto, all of whom were successful on two and four wheels – Cecotto also in the DTM.
The MotoGP star gathered initial experiences in the Audi RS 5 DTM at Audi’s Competence Center Motorsport in Neuburg a. d. Donau on Tuesday following the DTM season opener. Before his DTM debut the Ducati factory rider will have the opportunity to test in the more than 610-hp Class 1 race car at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on May 22/23.
At Misano, Dovizioso will race in the WRT Team Audi Sport customer team replacing Pietro Fittipaldi. The Brazilian, who in his DTM debut at Hockenheim instantly scored a point and set a new DTM lap record, will have to skip Misano due to a calendar conflict with the Formula One Grand Prix in Canada.