In actual fact, Dovi’s relationship with Brembo brakes began much earlier because in 2001, the RCGM team Aprilia won the 125cc European Championship with a Brembo brake system. With the same bike he made his debut in the World Championship in Mugello but retired from the race.
From 2002 onwards Dovizioso was a permanent member of the World Championship where he raced a grand total of 326 consecutive GPs from the 2002 Japanese GP to the 2020 Portuguese GP: a record that is probably unparalleled and in this period of time he changed engine size, team, motorbike (Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Yamaha again) and tires.
The only brand he has always used (except for the 125 World Championship with Honda) is Brembo and that is one reason why his visit to Brembo Racing in December 2018 where the brake components used in MotoGP, Formula 1 and other international motorcycle races are designed, manufactured and tested was greeted with great enthusiasm by its employees.
On that occasion, he was asked to compare the various categories: “In 125cc and 250cc there is very little room to personalize the brakes. You just need to find your set-up and the rest comes about as a consequence. In MotoGP on the other hand, everything is extreme and in the last decade the brakes have changed a lot”.
Dovizioso went on to explain: “Both the diameter of the discs and the height of the braking band have increased, and there are many different combinations available. The brake calipers have undergone a technological evolution too and there are more options available for each rider to choose. We are heading towards a scenario where there are no more limits”.