News just ahead of FP4 today was Andrea Dovizioso’s decision to confirm his decision to leave Ducati at the end of the season after spending 8 years with the manufacturer. Speculations swirl about team internal politics and or money making up the issues confronting the rider. As of the announcement Dovi doesn’t seem to have a plan for the future, but still intends to continue with MotoGP. He believes something will pop-up in the near future. Following the announcement Dovi appears more relaxed and is focusing primarily on racing this weekend.
This weekends MotoGP is in Austria at the Red Bull Ring, the first of another double header. The racing is taking place under volatile weather with wet, mixed and dry surfaces for Friday and Saturday. Tomorrow’s area forecast is for rain, with a good chance rainfall during the time of MotoGP Race.
This is a very strong track for Ducati they have been 1st place every year since the return to the circuit in 2016. Last year, Dovi won after an exciting last lap battle with Marc Marquez.