MotoGP Legend Andrea Dovizioso Hospitalised After Motocross Crash

Former MotoGP rider and 125cc World Champion Andrea Dovizioso has been hospitalised after crashing while riding motocross

Andrea Dovizioso, 2022 British Grand Prix, retirement announcement. - Gold and Goose

Andrea Dovizioso, the former Grand Prix motorcycle racer, is in hospital after being injured in a motocross crash.

Dovizioso, according to the Italian news publication RAI, suffered a head injury in the crash, which happened at a private motocross track in the Italian province of Arezzo, but is reportedly not in a life threatening condition after being airlifted to the Careggi hospital in Florence.

Precise details on Dovizioso’s condition, or the cause of his crash, are not currently available.

Dovizioso was inducted as MotoGP Legend last year at the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello. After winning the 2004 125cc World Championship, Dovizioso would go on to spend 11 seasons as a factory rider in the MotoGP class, first for Honda (2009-2011) and then for Ducati (2013-2020). A 24-time Grand Prix winner, including 15 in the premier class, Dovizioso took a best MotoGP World Championship finish of second on three occasions (2017, 2018, and 2019).

A well-known motocross fan, Dovizioso is often present at Italian rounds of the MXGP World Championship, and became the owner of the Faenza motocross track Crossodromo Monte-Coralli - now named ‘04park - Monte Coralli’ - in 2023 following his retirement from full-time racing in MotoGP after the 2022 San Marino Grand Prix. 

The Monte-Coralli track hosted three Grands Prix during the Covid-affected 2020 MXGP season, and is set to host the final round of the 2024 Italian Motocross Prestige Championship, the series in which Ducati made its motocross debut with Alessandro Lupino and the Desmo450 MX earlier this year.

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