Andrea Dovizioso will be back on a MotoGP machine, built by Aprilia. The shocking news comes from the italian manufacturer, which announces in a press release the former Ducati lead rider will take part to a private test session in Jerez. The sessione will be held in the spanish track from april 12th to april 14th, behind closed doors. “It was a pleasure to invite Andrea” Aprilia CEO Massimo Rivola stated in the release. “The days in Jerez will simply be a chance to get to know one another better, also on the track. We are well aware of all Andrea’s qualities and his contribution will be important, even for just one test“.
Dovizioso also showed his satisfaction for the deal. “I was pleased by Aprilia’s interest and when we spoke about the possibility of doing this test “, he said. “I gladly accepted the invitation to be able to ride a MotoGP bike again and to stay in form, giving the engineers my feedback,” Dovizioso said. “I wish to thank Aprilia Racing for this opportunity“.
Will Andrea Dovizioso be back to racing with Aprilia?
This news, inevitably, raises this question. It’s hard to think Andrea accepted to ride a MotoGP machine for a single test, so many people wondered why Andrea opted to test for a team who accomplished nothing since their comeback in 2015. It lookes like Andrea was rvery impressed by the performance the RS-GP unveiled during the official test Days in Qatar last week, where the redesigned RS-GP showed great speed in qualifying trim, and a good race pace. According to many observers, Dovizioso took the deal in order to show himself as a lead candidate for a ride for 2022.
After leaving Ducati at the end of 2020 season, Andrea was unable to find a new ride. He took a sabbatical for 2021, spending most of his time competing in regional motocross races across his native region, the Emilia Romagna. Rumors circulated of a possibile deal with Honda, as a replacement for injured Marc Marquez, but nothing was never really put in place. He also rejected an offer by Yamaha for a test rider role, opening the door for newly retired Cal Crutchlow.
Aprilia will field two factory RS-GPs for 2021 MotoGP World Championship season. Aleix Espargarò is back for his fifth year with the italian team, while Lorenzo Savadori will enter into his first full season, after having raced the last three rounds of the 2020 season.