For one weekend, Italian MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso will switch from his Ducati Desmosedici GP into the cockpit of an almost 610-hp Class 1 Audi RS 5 DTM. The MotoGP 2017 and 2018 runner-up will contest the two DTM races at Misano, in Italy on June 8 and 9.
“I’m delighted that in Andrea Dovizioso we managed to get a real superstar to race as a guest in the DTM,” says 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.”
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.
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.
“I love cars and I feel lucky to be able to race with the Audi RS 5 DTM,” commented 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.”
The MotoGP star gathered initial experiences in the Audi RS 5 DTM at Audi’s Competence Center Motorsport in Neuburg an der Donau and at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in late May.