It is no secret that Andrea Dovizioso (35) wants to return to the World Cup. Today he completed his third test with Aprilia in Misano.
After Jerez and Mugello, this time the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli was the stage for the Andrea Dovizioso MotoGP test. Finally, the runner-up in 2017, 2018 and 2019 was able to put the Aprilia RS-GP 21 to the test under ideal conditions. Since it rained mostly in Mugello, he first at Jerez had to adjust and adjust the bike according to his needs and seating position.
The 15-time MotoGP winner completed 78 laps yesterday and 48 laps today at the racetrack on the Adriatic, which will host the San Marino GP from September 10-12. Backed by the Aprilia Racing test team, Dovizioso set consistently fast lap times, with a clear improvement on day two.
“Dovi” took care of the aerodynamics, electronics and general dynamics of the Noale motorcycle, which Alex Espargaro put first on the front row in Saxony. Dovi also experimented with different versions of the chassis. It is about further development of the racing team in the second half of the season and for 2022.
“It was an interesting test,” Andrea Dovizioso said. “This driving experience on a third different slope was very important in order to understand the bike better and know the areas that need improvement. We tested a lot of things and changed them because we want to understand a lot of details better. We looked at everything very carefully and identified a few areas On the other hand, some changes also cause some defects. In the next planned tests, we will do more comparison engines and discuss our ideas more intensely.”
Massimo Rivola, CEO Aprilia Racing: “It was two very positive days. We are satisfied with these tests which have given us valuable information. Andrea is very involved in all the decisions we are making now for our 2022 motorcycle. This is a mission that Andrea will continue in July.”
“Andrea has proven to be a great driver, even when it comes to his sensitivity, sensitivity and technical understanding,” praised Rivola. “Who knows exactly what kind of driving behavior is required of a racing motorcycle. In parallel to these test drives, Aprilia Racing is taking other measures to find the best solutions for our dual driver in 2022, without waiting for the results of the tests in July. In addition to Andrea, we have other interesting and valid alternatives on the table. A decision must be made soon. This will enable our team to properly plan the future strategy. In this regard, the weekend in Assen will be very important.”
Aprilia is also screening other driver candidates – like Joe Roberts of California, because Dorna would like to see an American in the MotoGP field. Aaron Kanye is also repeatedly bargained for as a candidate. The Spaniard has an influential supporter in Aprilia’s chancellor, Max Biaggi.
With his salary expectations, Dovizioso probably doesn’t fit perfectly into Aprilia’s modest budget. A year ago he asked KTM for an annual wage of €4 million.
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