The current contract of Dovizioso with Ducati holds until the end of 2018. So, Ducati has been working on a new one for the rider. Reports tell that Dovi turned down the new contract sent by Ducati.
Speaking on this, Dovizioso’s agent Simone Battistella, said, “We are far. Here we’ve had a meeting with Ducati and finally, we said we have to keep working to make Andrea feel comfortable. The rider is not asking for something extraordinary, nothing impossible, just what he deserves taking into account the job that he’s doing. But at the moment, we are not close to a deal.”
As far as we know, Ducati’s current contract with Dovizioso is worth under 2 million, which is nothing when compared to 12 million of Lorenzo’s. Dovi has performed brilliantly in the last season and gave a tough fight for Marquez. In the current 2018 championship, Dovi is currently leading the championship standings by one point over Marquez. There are many rounds left, and with Dovi’s form and confidence, he could be the perfect man to grasp the world championship this year.
On the other hand, Lorenzo is still struggling to get a hold of his Desmosedici. He’s nowhere close to Dovizioso. So, even in terms of performance, Dovi is ahead of his teammate.
Honda and Suzuki have been in talks with Dovizioso. Suzuki is also keen to get Lorenzo onboard. Ducati wouldn’t want to spoil Dovi’s mood at this crucial point in time. There should be a revised contract coming up for him, which he would accept.