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November 9th, 2020, 11:36 AM   #1
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Dovi sabbatical

Out for 2021 at least. Gives me a strong Mika Häkkinen vibe.
Could we see him in 2022 in Wsbk? Would perhaps BMW or Kawasaki (if our beloved Rea leaves) gather the funds?
Feel free to turn this into the Dovi apperciation thread.
I love that dude. No nonsense, clean, greatly underappreciated duc rider. Softspot for those
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November 9th, 2020, 12:12 PM   #2
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He was underpaid when he was worth more, now the times have changed and he is not worth more for big guys in MotoGP. Ce la vie.
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I will miss his honest comment with respect to issues he faces when racing.

Some very, very impressive wins v Marquez.
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Yet, his success came when Lorenzo was in the team and it left him when Lorenzo left.
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Sure I rate JL higher, but I don't credit JL to have created Dovi's final corner race craft and tyre management that enabled those wins to a large degree.
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I'll miss Dovi, especially his detailed and thoughtful comments.

However, there are some seriously promising young guns around to carry the torch forward. We're already witnessing one with his hand on the 2020 title.
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It's always hard to see the last guys from a certain generation leave the game. And Dovi was one of the really special ones.
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Not taking an interest into being a test rider is a mistake IMO, if his intention is to come back.
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November 10th, 2020, 01:39 PM   #9
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Who wants a test rider for one year? And then leaves with all development secrets and starts riding for another brand?

Edit: Emotions aside I don't think it is going to be sabbatical. Considering all circumstances I'd say - farewell. Dovi wants competitive ride with good pay. If I was a team boss with 3-4 young guns waiting behind my door, ready to ride for less, definitely going faster every year to come and possibly staying with team for many years to come - why should I hire an aging expensive ace who will get slower and then retire in a few years?

Last corner foxing technique was entertaining indeed, but to show it you have to get there with leaders.
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November 12th, 2020, 03:21 AM   #10
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Remember how i proclaimed in 2012 that Rea would be the sbk goat as soon as he would get off the honda?
Time to polish my (crystal) balls again.

Dovi motogp champ on a repsol honda 2021
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