MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso as a guest driver at DTM Misano weekend
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters will have a prominent guest driver in the third round at Misano on June 8-9. The Italian motorcycle ace and one of leading MotoGP riders Andrea Dovizioso will drive an Audi RS5 DTM in two races at the race track that bears the name of the late motorcycle rider Marco Simoncelli.
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. Currently, he’s third in the points after four of 19 races in the 2019 season.
“I’m delighted that in Andrea Dovizioso we managed to get a real superstar to race as a guest in the DTM. 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,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass.
“I love cars and I feel lucky to be able to race with the Audi RS 5 DTM. 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. 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,” says Andrea Dovizioso.
He already experienced an Audi RS5 DTM at Audi’s Competence Center Motorsport in Neuburg a. d. Donau on Tuesday. Before his DTM debut, he will have the opportunity to test the car at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on May 22-23. At Misano’s DTM round, Dovizioso will race in the WRT Team Audi Sport’s car, replacing Pietro Fittipaldi. The young Brazilian will have to skip Misano due to a calendar conflict with the Formula One Grand Prix in Canada.