The gentleman’s stare

Private, polite, friendly and rarely outspoken but I will never forget the look Andrea Dovizioso gave Marc Marquez after they had crossed the finishing line at Austria in 2017. You do not win 24 Grands Prix and a World title without that inner aggression and confidence when the lights change. So just one World title for Dovi but the facts speak for themselves. Only his great nemesis Valentino Rossi has made more Grands Prix starts in all classes. It was 16 years and 120 days before his first Grand Prix win and his last. Dovi made his Grand Prix debut as a 125cc wild card in the 2001 Italian Grand Prix at Mugello Grand Prix which was won by the wonderful Nobby Ueda. It was Dovi that led them back to the top step of the podium. It was Dovi who brought back memories of the Stoner days to the passionate Italy factory.

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