Dovizioso – who will take a sabbatical in 2021 – launched all by way of closing August’s Austrian Grand Prix weekend that he wouldn’t be renewing his contract with Ducati earlier 2020, nonetheless remained coy on his motivation for this.
It was thought on the time that Ducati and Dovizioso couldn’t meet on monetary phrases on a mannequin new deal, nonetheless the 15-time MotoGP race winner says that is false and a deal was on no account tabled. In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Dovizioso has opened up on what led to his Ducati exit, pointing throughout the path of the breakdown in relationship between himself and Dall’Igna on condition that 2017 season.
“What’s the relationship with Gigi? Zero,” admitted Dovizioso. “Beforehand years it was at 30%, then since Jorge Lorenzo arrived in 2017 – in arguing and entering into opposition to no less than one one different – my workforce turned a bit remoted.
“We not talked relating to the enchancment of the bike, we not held conferences to develop it. Nonetheless in Ducati there’s potential to take movement, on account of the competence and experience [levels] are very excessive. Of those eight years it’s the one subject that makes me offended, on account of we might have achieved additional.
“Gigi and I’ve not spoken calmly since 2017.”
Dovizioso denies that the choice to not go ahead with him was unanimous amongst Ducati administration, and claimed: “These selections come solely from Gigi. There’s concentrate on of Ducati, nonetheless it’s incorrect on account of all of the alternate options are his. Identical to the selection of Lorenzo in 2017.
“Initially of 2016 there was the potential of taking over [Marc] Marquez, nonetheless Gigi had already determined that he wished Lorenzo.”
Dovizioso suggests Dall’Igna’s concepts was made up when the pair clashed all by way of a technical assembly in 2019 between the German and Austrian Grands Prix.
“Gigi said that he understood that it was already over from the 2019 assembly between the Sachsenring and Austria,” he mentioned. “That was imagined to be a technical assembly, we had utterly utterly totally different concepts, there was friction and we wished to meet with all the engineers.
“It began as a technical assembly nonetheless then ended as a confrontation between the 2 of us. Gigi felt attacked, overwhelmed. I actually really feel at that second he closed the doorways, nonetheless he did it quietly and what he says confirms it.
“It was mentioned that I wished this and that. All lies. There was on no account a proposal, there have been no negotiations. I nonetheless didn’t know that they not wished me. Nonetheless what they mentioned was the affirmation that for Dall’Igna it was already over after that 2019 assembly.”
Dovizioso may additionally be important of an absence of transparency over a 2021 Ducati deal, saying additional info of his standing all by way of the workforce would have made him “ponder the potential of KTM one different methodology” having held discussions which purchased proper right here to naught with the Austrian marque.
He hasn’t dominated out the potential of standing in for the still-recovering Marquez at Honda in 2021 nonetheless declined to the contact upon the state of affairs and would favor to “see what they advocate to me, if they might” earlier than making any plans.