Dovizioso will be a legend

only five months ago Andrea Dovizioso said goodbye to paddock MotoGP definitively and, this 2023, the Italian will already become a legend. Like Dani Pedrosa, a champion without a crown in the premier class, but with a relevance that does not question his weight within the category. Protagonist of great battles with Marc Márquez, 125cc world champion in 2004 and being runner-up in the heavy motorcycle world three times (2017, 2018 and 2019), Dovi will enter the hall of fame of MotoGP in style, with a ceremony that will take place on his home track, Mugello, during the Italian GP that will take place from June 9 to 11.

The Italian made his debut in the premier class of the World Championship in 2008 with Honda and achieved his first podium finish at the end of that same season. Already in 2009, Dovizioso achieved his maximum up to now, lachieving a first victory in the British GP that would open the doors for him to be a regular on the podiums in the coming years. However, his time at the brand with the golden wing would come to an end in 2012 to make way for Ducati. The ultimate dream of the Borgo Panigale factory: find an Italian champion on an Italian motorbike. They were close to finding it with desmodovi, but an unstoppable Márquez became his biggest nightmare. From 2013 to 2020, the Italian added up to 24 podiums and 12 victories with the brand. He took a few months off in 2021 until his signing with the Yamaha satellite team (precipitated by the officer’s departure from Viñales), although the lack of results ended up taking him to a destination that was already a matter of time. “I don’t want to be here if I’m not going to be competitive,” the pilot himself assumed when he confirmed his retirement, which took place at the Misano GP in 2022.

“When they told me, I was very surprised. Reading the Legends list it’s a nice feeling to know that my name is going to be added. I’ve had a long career but I did not expect that they would name me Legend, and even less so soon ”, admits Andrea Dovizioso after hearing the news of his appointment, which will also mean his return to MotoGP, for the first time, without being part of the competition: “I am looking forward to returning to the paddock to visit it, and being included in the Italian Grand Prix makes it really special. I am surprised and very happy, happy to become a MotoGP Legend. So thank you very much.”



Legend at 87 years old

But Dovizioso will not be the only rider to enter the Hall of Fame this 2023. The organization of the MotoGP World Championship has announced at the same time the addition of Hans-Georg Anscheidt as part of the list of legends that continues to grow every year. At 87, the German will also receive this honor during his home grand prix, at the Sachsenring circuit, which will take place just a week after the event dedicated to Dovizioso, from June 16 to 18.

“It is a great pleasure for me to become a MotoGP legend. I didn’t expect it, since the 50cc category came years after the other categories of the World Championship started and has long since disappeared. I am very happy, and I will do everything possible to come to the Sachsenring with my son”, thanks the champion of the 14 Grand Prix and three-time world champion, from 1966 to 1968. “I have not been in the paddock, so I’m very excited to see the World Championship again. I know from television that the races are very close”, he adds. Anscheidt retired in style, at the end of 1968, being world champion. At that time, his Suzuki only reached 205 km / h.

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