MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso makes impressive DTM debut - begging the question can bike racers successfully switch to cars in the modern era?
Having jumped into the Audi RS5 DTM machine for a special one-off debut in tin top racing, the Ducati MotoGP rider performed admirably during his first weekend competing with a roof over his head, showing flashes of solid pace and holding his own with some solid racecraft during the tougher on track moments during the opening race of the Misano DTM weekend.
Despite the high profile nature of his switch to German based DTM for this event, Dovizioso hasn't been the beneficiary of much in the way of time behind the wheel of the Audi, having only had the opportunity to test the car on a couple of occasions prior to Misano track action beginning this weekend.
Despite the lack of experience in a race car, Dovi still managed to beat the three Aston Martin's of Daniel Juncadella, Ferdinand Habsburg and Jake Dennis, and perhaps more tellingly finished just seven seconds behind the sister Audi RS5 of Pietro Fittipaldi, himself a talented and considerably more experienced touring car racer..
A great show from the 33-year-old Ducati star, and with more time behind the wheel of this type of machine it wouldn't be hard to imagine the driver performing even more strongly.. leading one to wonder if in the modern era a career bike racer can successfully transition to the top of the car racing pile?
For the record, Dovizioso managed a 12th place finish in the opening race this weekend.
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