After six seasons in the smaller classes, which included the 2004 125 championship title, the Italian entered the MotoGP™ ranks on the satellite Honda of JiR Team Scot in 2008.
His debut appearance saw him beat Valentino Rossi to fourth in Qatar and take his first podium at the penultimate race of the year, finishing fifth in the championship and the highest placed non-factory rider.
The successful rookie season was enough to convince Repsol Honda Team of his talents and the Italian moved to the factory outfit in 2009, taking his first MotoGP™ win at the British GP and claiming a pole position at the Motegi round. 'Dovi' remained with Repsol Honda for a third season in 2011, riding in a three-bike team alongside Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa and finishing third in the championship.
After ten years with Honda, he made a move to the satellite Monster Yamaha Tech3 team for 2012 to contest his fifth season in the MotoGP™ category at the controls of the YZR-M1, where he had a successful year scoring six podiums.
For 2013 came a big move to Ducati Team in order to take on the difficult challenge of bringing the Desmosedici back to winning ways and in his first two seasons with the Italian factory Dovizioso performed admirably. In 2015 alongside Andrea Iannone and under the continued stewardship of former Aprilia guru Gigi Dall’Igna, Dovizioso aimed for podium positions once again.
Throughout the year he would score five podiums including a run of three-second places in the first three races. ‘Desmo Dovi’ remained with Ducati in 2016.
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