The four KTM riders in MotoGP for 2021 have already been signed and it is not the brand’s habit to break contracts, says Hervé Poncharal. He therefore does not envisage the possibility of seeing Andrea Dovizioso at the Oranges in 2021.
You can win Grand Prix, play the title of MotoGP world champion and not have a contract for the following season. This is the case of Andrea Dovizioso, without handlebars for 2021 after he chose to end his collaboration with Ducati at the end of the current year. He wants to keep riding, but has made his decision when there are few opportunities left in the transfer market.
Former team manager of Andrea Dovizioso during his time at Monster Yamaha Tech3 in 2012, Hervé Poncharal finds that taking risks “Makes his decision even more admirable, because he knows it can happen” – that he finds himself without handlebars. He also believes that the failure of negotiations with Ducati does not concern a problem of money. « Andrea is not here for the money, I can say it, he assures our colleagues from Gpone. He is not there to do his job without passion. I think I don’t have all the elements in hand, but I don’t think the problem is economic. “
Hervé Poncharal knows the Italian driver for having spent a year with him, which can help to better understand the current situation. “I know that human relations and mutual respect are very important to Andrea. I’m not saying that Ducati doesn’t have certain values, also because I’ve always been on very good terms with Ciabatti and Tardozzi, although I don’t know Dall’Igna very well. My feeling is that when it is difficult to find an agreement, maybe the reason is that there is no desire to continue on both sides. “
The French team-manager, on the other hand, excludes working again with Andrea Dovizioso in 2021. Not that he would not want to, but the four places available at KTM have already been taken: Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira in the official team, Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona at Tech3. Unless there was a surprise he wouldn’t bet on, it wasn’t going to happen. « The four KTM riders have contracts and KTM takes care of respect and human values. For me, it’s impossible for KTM to break any of the contracts. I was informed that 3-4 months ago Andrea and her manager Simone spoke to Pit Beirer, but I don’t know anything else. It would be nice to have Andrea, never say never, but the roster for 2021 is done and I don’t see how it can change. It seems almost impossible to me. “