The Italian rider will make his first MotoGP begin since leaving Ducati on the finish of 2020 however has performed assessments for Aprilia within the intervening interval this 12 months.
The varied actions throughout the Yamaha squad, following Maverick Vinales’ mid-season departure to Aprilia, have allowed Dovizioso the chance to ride the Petronas SRT bike vacated by Franco Morbidelli, who now steps as much as the manufacturing unit staff to accomplice former team-mate Fabio Quartararo.
Dovizioso says that though he was considerably extra “relaxed” throughout his time away, he couldn’t resist the lure of the possibility to journey with Yamaha, nor the possibility to expertise manufacturing unit equipment subsequent season.
He additionally added that, after racing a Yamaha for the satellite tv for pc Tech3 operation in 2012, he needed to turn out to be a manufacturing unit rider with the Japanese producer – however his hopes have been dashed after Valentino Rossi returned to the staff after a tough Ducati spell.
“I used to be feeling good at dwelling, I used to be doing what I like, my passions, and I used to be a bit extra relaxed – as a result of once you don’t race in MotoGP, you’re extra relaxed!
“However in the beginning when that [Yamaha] door opened, I considered that. However I couldn’t say no.
“It was already in 2012, after 12 months in a satellite tv for pc scenario, my dream was to be on a manufacturing unit Yamaha. And it didn’t occur.
“That fastened it for me in my thoughts to have this opportunity, after eight years on the identical bike it was one thing I needed to do and that it was my bike.
“For certain, it’s extra threat than the likelihood to do good, however I believe for lots of people it’s like that.
“However I don’t care, I race for me; I race as a result of I’ve the fervour to race.
“I’m actually to really feel and journey a very completely different bike. And I don’t suppose I’ve any issues about that.”
Andrea Dovizioso, Yamaha
“What occurred this 12 months, I’m pleased to be on this scenario,” Dovizioso added.
“For certain, it’s not the perfect begin to a race weekend as a result of after eight years on the identical bike, all of it takes time.
“On one other aspect I’m fortunate as a result of I’m in a position to do 5 races, two assessments earlier than the following season, which is what I’m trying ahead to.”
Dovizioso additionally defined his choice to not pursue a full-time return with Aprilia, following his take a look at outings for the Italian producer.
Aprilia duly signed Vinales, who now companions Aleix Espargaro on the staff after Lorenzo Savadori was relegated to testing duties.
“I did not need race for them in 2021,” Dovizioso recalled. “That is why I stayed dwelling.
“Massimo [Rivola, Aprilia Racing CEO] is a very good individual, and he pushed me to ‘attempt the bike, attempt the bike, attempt the bike’ – and on the finish he gained!
“It was a good suggestion. My supervisor pushed for that as a result of it was a good suggestion for each. However I did not method this to race. It wasn’t the scenario I needed, however not as a result of Aprilia wasn’t good.
“I knew what I needed; I needed one thing not attainable in the beginning of the season. However that factor has occurred. I’m fortunate, I’m pleased.”