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MotoGP ace Andrea Dovizioso to swap his Ducati for DTM Audi at Misano

Italian MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso will race for Audi as a guest driver at the upcoming DTM round in Misano on June 8-9

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Four-wheel drive: Andrea Dovizioso will swap his bike for a touring car on June 8-9 (Pic: Ducati)

Ducati’s MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso will swap two wheels for four as he gets behind the wheel as a guest driver at the DTM series event in Misano.

The two-time MotoGP championship runner-up, who competed in his 200th MotoGP race last weekend in Jerez, will make a guest appearance at Misano as a driver for the Audi team. He will compete in the two DTM races on June 8 and 9.

The news was confirmed via a joint press release from Ducati and Audi, with Ducati team boss Gigi Dall’Igna giving his blessing for his number-one rider to take a busman’s holiday and compete in the German touring car series.

New challenge: Dovizioso will race the Audi RS 5 DTM at Misano (Pic: Ducati)

New challenge: Dovizioso will race the Audi RS 5 DTM at Misano (Pic: Ducati)

“I’m delighted that in Andrea Dovizioso we managed to get a real superstar to race as a guest in the DTM,” said Audi’s head of 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. We’re already extremely excited to see how he’s going to fare in his DTM debut.

“That he’s taking time out for the DTM between two MotoGP races is fantastic and not to be taken for granted at all. I’d like to particularly thank Ducati’s CEO Claudio Domenicali and Luigi Dall’Igna, General Manager of Ducati Corse, who agreed to this guest entry. That’s a big thing for the DTM and for motorsport in general.”

Dovizioso in his day job as Ducati's No.1 MotoGP rider (Pic: Ducati)

Dovizioso in his day job as Ducati’s No.1 MotoGP rider (Pic: Ducati)

Dovizioso said he can’t wait to get behind the wheel and test his high-speed racing skills in a different series, but on a familiar circuit.

“I love cars and I feel lucky to be able to race with the Audi RS 5 DTM,” he enthused.

“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 such as the DTM.

Making preparations: MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso (Pic: Ducati)

Making preparations: MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso (Pic: Ducati)

“The car is amazing, but it’s a different challenge compared with my Desmosedici GP and I need to get prepared, so I did many laps in the simulator before stepping into it for the first time.

“Misano is a special track for every Italian driver and the place where I scored an incredible win last year, so I’m very excited and thankful for this opportunity.”

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