SportMotoGPWhat Petronas Yamaha needs to do to convince Dovizioso

What Petronas Yamaha needs to do to convince Dovizioso

The turbulent outcome of the relationship between Maverick Viñales and Yamaha has anticipated a series of most bizarre chain movements. Already this weekend, at Silverstone , Jake Dixon ‘s debut in MotoGP will take place, a circumstance that does not end up being very funny to the members of the team. The divorce with Viñales has left a void in the Monster Yamaha workshop, which will be temporarily covered by Cal Cructhlow , tester for the brand of fingerboards and who in the last two appointments (Austria) was in charge of replacing Franco Morbidelli . Dixon, in turn, will share the SRT garage with Valentino Rossi .

Pending the recovery of Morbidelli , who continues with his rehabilitation after the operation on his left knee that he underwent in June, Yamaha plans to recruit him for its official structure immediately, as soon as he is in a position to return to run. In this way, the Iwata manufacturer aspires to add the maximum number of points from now until the end of the year, in its objective of fighting for the team championship (it is the provisional leader) and the constructors (it is second, with three points less than Ducati).

That and Crutchlow’s refusal to return full-time has opened a door for Andrea Dovizioso , who is on sabbatical after failing to renew his contract with Ducati, which expired in 2020.

“My contract with Yamaha does not stipulate that. I am comfortable with the agreement I signed to be a tester, and if I have to reappear in a timely manner, then we talk about it and we can reach an agreement. But I don’t want that to become the norm,” Crutchlow said from Spielberg. In fact, the #35 has already said ‘no’ to Yamaha’s offer to replace Morbidelli at Assen, where Garrett Gerloff finally competed.

To this day, Dovi performs the duties of Aprilia test rider, even though the performance offered to date by the boy from Forli is not convincing in the offices of Noale’s house. Simone Battistella , his agent, has held a series of meetings in recent weeks with those responsible for SRT, to test the possibility that the #04 covers the gap that Morbidelli will most likely leave.

The slam of the door by Petronas, the team’s main financial backer, predicts a change in SRT’s sports policy, which will set aside that maxim of focusing only on young riders, to open up the range of candidates. The departure of the Malaysian sponsor and his more than possible replacement by Withu , which would increase his visibility in the project, would fit perfectly with the incorporation of Dovizioso. The problem, in this case, lies in the demands of the corridor, especially with a view to its continuity in 2022.

Before the earthquake caused by the departure of Viñales from Yamaha and the goodbye of Petronas, SRT had agreed two M1 with a view to the coming course. One of them, the one that should correspond to Morbido , was one of those called specification ‘A’, that is, the latest model (2022). The other, what we could call standard or specification ‘B’. However, the hole that the oil company will leave made it rethink the terms.

On the SRT table there are now two scenarios in this regard. The first, with a ‘Spec A’ motorcycle, is the one that would take Dovizioso to compete in the rest of the races in 2021, and to compete the next year with that factory M1. The second, that Dovi, SRT and Yamaha do not end up understanding each other, and that whoever the two chosen by the satellite team for the coming exercise are, it is understood that, on paper, less competitive, they drive two Yamahas classified as ‘B’

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