Andrea Dovizioso could make a stunning Yamaha return
Andrea Dovizioso could replace ex-teammate Jorge Lorenzo as the official Yamaha MotoGP test rider
Andrea Dovizioso made it clear back in August that he has decided he will not renew with Ducati for 2021, ending their championship challenging partnership.
Andrea once did race for Yamaha back in 2012, he rode for Herve Poncharal's Tech 3 squad, Dovi claimed 6 podiums on the Yamaha and also went on to finish 4th in the world championship. But for 2013 Dovizioso moved to the Ducati Factory, where he has stayed till now.
Andrea Dovizioso onboard the 2012 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 at the Qatar Grand Prix
Andrea was also wanted by Aprilia for 2021 to replace fellow Italian Andrea Iannone, however Dovi never wanted to go to the fellow Italian manufacturer. Recently Andrea Dovizioso made it known that he was in talks with manufacturers over the role of test rider for 2021, these manufacturers turned out to be Honda, Yamaha and KTM. However Andrea would only like to test for one year and return to race in MotoGP in 2022, so if any manufacturer offers him a race seat in 2022 this will most likely persuade him to become the test rider for that team. Dovizioso would also like to enter himself into other racing championships, notably motorcross, while acting in a test role for a MotoGP manufacturer.
This is something that HRC are not too keen on for their test rider to be doing while working on making the RC-213V the best it possibly can be. But, HRC would also gain a rider with recent race experience, in the case that Marc Marquez can't race in 2021 because of his arm injury.
KTM would be unlikely to replace Dani Pedrosa, this is because of the class work that little Dani has put into the RC16 over his time as the tester for the team. Dani's work has lead to KTM winning two MotoGP races in 2020 and further podiums. Also, the race seat would be an unlikely option for Andrea as KTM often look at promoting their junior riders from Moto2 to keep youth in the team, so would they really want a 36 year old racing for them in 2022?
Yamaha appears to be the most likely destination for the 3 time MotoGP runner up. Andrea Dovizioso's knowledge of Ducati's engine may also play into the hands of Yamaha because to date they have had a lack of engine power, which Dovi could aid them with. The race seat for 2022 could also be a possibility for Andrea as Valentino Rossi only has a 1 year deal with the Petronas Yamaha SRT outlet, so if his results are not good enough in 2021 Yamaha could replace him for fellow Italian, Andrea Dovizioso. Yamaha's test rider Jorge Lorenzo has also come under scrutiny due to the fact he has only tested four times this season, since February, and every test has been with the 2019 Yamaha YZR-M1, not the 2020 version. This has started the opinion that Lorenzo is not very useful to Yamaha dude to his lack of pace in the tests he has taken part in, for example at Portimao Jorge was 4 seconds off the pace of the Aprilia.
Jorge Lorenzo on the 2019 Monster Energy Yamaha M1 at the Portimao test