Andrea Dovizioso will return to MotoGP with immediate effect.

The 35-year-old Italian, who was to take a year off, will drive for the Petronas Yamaha SR satellite team, replacing his compatriot Franco Morbidelli.

Morbidelli, in turn, will immediately switch to the Japanese factory Yamaha team.

Petronas Yamaha SR is the satellite team of that.

Dovizioso, winner of fifteen MotoGP races between 2008 and 2020, belonged to the top in the premier class for years, but did not win a world title.

In 2017, 2018 and 2019 he finished second in the World Cup standings and last year he was fourth.

After that fourth place, Dovizioso decided to take a sabbatical, but with the ambition to return to MotoGP in 2022.

With the departure of Morbidelli from Petronas Yamaha SR, that is now happening earlier than expected.

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Author SepangracingMoment of Places10: 17 - September 16, 2021

Chair dance in Moto GP due to Viñales ontslag resignation

A kind of musical chair dance is going on in MotoGP at the moment, initiated by the departure of Maverick Vinales from the Yamaha factory team.

The Spaniard was fired last month after he allegedly tried to blow up his engine in the Styrian Grand Prix.

Vinales would switch to Aprilia after this season, but is already driving for that.

Briton Cal Crutchlow took over from Vinales in the last few races, but Yamaha has now decided to put Morbidelli on the bike.

Morbidelli missed the last five GPs due to a knee injury.

He has now recovered and will make his return to MotoGP next weekend at the San Marino GP, but as the new teammate of World Cup leader Fabio Quartararo in the Japanese factory team.

Morbidelli had a contact with the factory team until 2023, Dovizioso signs until the end of next season.

There are still five of the eighteen races to be held in MotoGP this year.

Franco Morbidell will join Yamaha's factory Japanese team with immediate effect.

Franco Morbidell will join Yamaha's factory Japanese team with immediate effect.

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