Dovizioso made his full-time MotoGP return with Yamaha in direction of the tip of 2021 with Petronas SRT (earlier than it was rebranded as RNF Racing for 2022) having misplaced his trip with Ducati on the finish of 2020, upon which he elected to take a sabbatical.
However the 15-time race winner and three-time championship runner-up has discovered the going powerful on his factory-backed Yamaha, scoring simply three factors within the first 4 races of 2022.
This has solely compounded what has thus far been a troublesome marketing campaign for Yamaha, with reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo scoring only one podium and teammate Franco Morbidelli making it into the highest 10 as soon as.
Forward of this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix, Dovizioso says Yamaha apologised to him after the Austin weekend however is happy with the communication he has had with the marque concerning its struggles.
“As at all times, I don’t wish to be right here simply to race, and to be on this place I don’t prefer it,” Dovizioso mentioned. “So, I’m very dissatisfied about that as a result of I actually wish to be in entrance.
“However you don’t have all the facility to know all the main points earlier than you be a part of. I feel Yamaha are in a little bit of a troublesome state of affairs at this second.
“Nonetheless there’s a chance to be robust as a result of Fabio is displaying in each race, as a result of additionally when he’s struggling he can arrive seventh however the hole to the primary will not be that large. So, for positive you will be quick with the Yamaha on this second.
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“However as they verify after we do the conferences, they know very effectively on this second Yamaha is struggling a little bit bit. I additionally did a gathering with Yamaha as a result of I actually at all times wish to do a technical assembly with the venture chief and it’s good to work with them, as a result of they’re utterly open to talk and so they realise the truth.
“They are saying sorry to me after I was ending 29s [from the winner] after a race in America. In order that’s good as a result of they perceive the state of affairs and collectively we attempt to be higher.”
Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing
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Dovizioso final rode a Yamaha in 2012 with the Tech 3 squad and says “the DNA” of the M1 hasn’t modified since then, however its downside areas have solely elevated and been additional highlighted by the positive aspects its rivals have made this 12 months.
“In my view, the state of affairs is that this one: if I evaluate it to 2012, the DNA of the bike may be very, very comparable,” he added. “It didn’t change.
“The Yamaha now isn’t unhealthy. I feel it has the identical constructive issues, actually constructive issues, however the detrimental issues are a bit larger, plus the rivals labored rather a lot and so they grew to become a bit extra aggressive.
“That blend created this example as a result of even Fabio, who final 12 months did a loopy championship, is struggling.”