Dovizioso will mark his MotoGP return this weekend within the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano having spent a lot of 2021 on the sidelines serving a sabbatical after shedding his Ducati journey on the finish of final 12 months.
Although initially finishing up a testing programme with Aprilia, Maverick Vinales’ sudden Yamaha exit and Franco Morbidelli’s promotion to the manufacturing unit squad opened the door for Dovizioso to return to the grid.
Having signed a contract directly with Yamaha that will take him into 2022 with the venture that shall be born out of the outgoing Sepang Racing Crew, Dovizioso will full the present season on Morbidelli’s vacated 2019-spec M1.
Rossi has beforehand already expressed his delight at sharing a storage with Dovizioso, and highlighted the importance of his fellow Italian’s return on Thursday at Misano.
Andrea Dovizioso, Petronas Yamaha SRT
Photograph by: SIC Racing Crew
“I’m very pleased to have Andrea as a team-mate, as a result of to begin with now we have an important relationship and we’re nice rivals as a result of we combat collectively in MotoGP from 2008 from the primary race,” Rossi mentioned.
“And I feel we did quite a lot of good fights towards [each other].
“It’s essential for the Championship as a result of he’s an essential title for the Championship, as a result of within the final years he was at all times a prime rider.
“And likewise I’m very curious to know his feeling from the bike.”
This weekend’s Misano race would be the final of two Rossi will compete on house soil earlier than retiring on the finish of 2021.
The San Marino GP proved to be one in all Rossi’s strongest rounds final 12 months, the place he was narrowly overwhelmed to the rostrum by Suzuki’s Joan Mir.
Commenting on his personal prospects for this weekend’s Misano spherical, Rossi mentioned: “Yeah, on the paper I may be stronger right here in Misano as a result of in Aragon it was troublesome, however it’s one of many worst tracks for me through the season.
“Often Misano I’m higher, additionally final 12 months I used to be good, particularly within the first race.
“It was an important race, I used to be at all times within the first group and sadly I lose the rostrum on the final lap. However I used to be aggressive, so for positive I’ll attempt.”