MotoGP, Battistella: "The accident will not slow down negotiations with Ducati"

Dovizioso's manager is optimistic, but the meetings are "on hold" in Borgo Panigale until the Austrian Grand Prix, in order to assess the performance of every rider


Andrea Dovizioso's manager, Simone Battistella, was optimistic when speaking to Sky about the Ducati rider's recent accident.

"It's a fracture that may not even be operated on, but fixing it means being able to train in a couple of days and being entirely ready for the first race. Andrea is in some pain, but he's fine."

Battistella also guaranteed that today's stop will not affect the talks regarding his renewal with Ducati.

"The negotiation for 2021 is a thing in itself. We're focused on 2020. This is just a small hitch that must be resolved immediately. Then we'll think about 2021 when we decide to talk about it and start negotiating."

Actually, as confirmed by Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati has put negotiations on hold until the Austrian GP and, before making a decision, he prefers to wait for the first races. A tangible sign that, since the hitch is financial - a reduction in his 2020 earnings and also a heavy cut to that requested, 8 million, for 2021 - they want to have a clear idea of the performance on the field with three good riders, Miller, Zarco, and the promise Bagnaia, at home.


Translated by Leila Myftija

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