Contrary to what Andrea Dovizioso had initially stated, that is, after splitting with Ducati, Andrea Dovizioso is actively on the market trying not to bring his career to an end at the end of the season.
For this reason, his manager, Simone Battistella, is exploring every possibility so as not to bring the activity of the rider from Forlì to a stop. That means Suzuki included.
"Regarding the idea of taking him as a test rider, we have had a chat with Simone Battistella, we know each other well, and we did consider it - Davide Brivio told Sky TV at Le Mans - The situation at the moment is quite difficult, but at the same time simple. In the sense that this Covid-related situation, which limits activity, could also continue into next season, so next season's test program might be pared down to the bone. We have done very few tests this year, we only used Guintoli twice. Once in June in Misano and now in Portimao. There is a risk that there is no serious activity as a test team. We are happy with Guintoli, he is doing a good job, and in this at the moment it is difficult to make a commitment with a rider of that level, to hire him as a test rider and then maybe not let him run. We run the risk of doing an operation like Lorenzo and Yamaha. "
This is not Suzuki's only doubt, as there is always the idea of a 'satellite team'. When will a final decision be made?
"Probably, for 2022, we will have to take a decision around March-April, in order to then be able to order all the spare parts we need, do the planning. We have time until then to take a decision, which has not yet been made. The company has not yet expressed a view on this issue, we still do not know what Suzuki intends to do as a company. We need their approval for this operation. "