During the private MotoGP test at Misano, Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall’Igna gave an update on the protracted 2021 contract negotiations with star rider Andrea Dovizioso.

But first, SkySport.it asked Dall’Igna about rumours Jorge Lorenzo has made contact with his former team about a possible comeback.

"It is difficult to have a clear idea, surely it is understandable that a rider with Jorge's statistics intends to finish his career in a better way than he concluded last year," Dall’Igna replied. "Having said this, it is certainly difficult to understand his real motivations."

Dall’Igna played down the suggestion that Lorenzo could be next-in-line for the factory Ducati ride if an agreement cannot be reached with Dovizioso. However, he did admit talks with the triple MotoGP title runner-up are 'in a stalemate':

"It is absolutely premature to make such an argument [about Lorenzo], certainly the negotiation with Dovizioso started a long time ago and is in a stalemate, so we will see."

Dall’Igna added that the financial side "is the main stumbling block" to a new Dovizioso deal.

Dovizioso and team-mate Danilo Petrucci - expected to join KTM after making way for Jack Miller next season - are unable to ride this week due to the MotoGP testing rules.

However, Dall’Igna is overseeing the work of the factory's MotoGP test rider Michele Pirro and the official WorldSBK team of Scott Redding and Chaz Davies at Misano this week.

Revised 2020 MotoGP Calendar (including free weekends)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

 

15 July

Official Test

Jerez

1

19 July

Spain

Jerez

2

26 July

Andalusia

Jerez

 

2 August

 

 

3

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

4

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

5

23 August

Styria

Red Bull Ring

 

30 August

  
 

6 September

  

6

13 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

7

20 September

Emilia Romagna e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

8

27 September

Catalunya

Barcelona

 

4 October

  

9

11 October

France

Le Mans

10

18 October

Aragon

Aragon

11

25 October

Teruel

Aragon

 

1 November

  

12

8 November

Europe

Ricardo Tormo

13

15 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

(Final European race)

 

22 November

  
 

29 November

  

 

6 December

 

 

 

13 December

 

Deadline for any Flyaway races.

MotoGP 2020: List of 'To Be Confirmed' events

1

4 October

Thailand

Buriram

2

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

3

15 November

Americas

COTA

4

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

MotoGP 2020: List of Cancelled events

1

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP class)

Losail

2

31 May

Italy

Mugello

3

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

4

28 June

Netherlands

Assen

5

12 July

Finland

KymiRing

6

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

7

18 October

Japan

Motegi

8

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

 

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