Outgoing Ducati Team rider Andrea Dovizioso says that the ‘Unemployed’ message on his leathers this weekend at Misano is due to a bet with friends.
The Italian has not signed elsewhere in a rider market with few seats left, and his manager had stated prior to the Ducati decision that a sabbatical was an option in 2021.
Now, instead of the usual ‘Undaunted’ on the backside of his leathers, Dovizioso is carrying a different message.
He maintains that it is a lighthearted quip which arose as a result of taking the championship lead last time out.
“It was just a bet with my friends and I have to put it (on),” explained the three-time premier class runner-up.
“Before Misano 1, they told me, ‘If you will be first in the championship, you have to put that there.’
“I say, ‘Yes, okay,’ because I didn’t expect to be first.
“So, I had to put it, but it was in a relaxed way, funny way, and it’s nice.”
Race start is due at 22:00 AEST.