Andrea Dovizioso primed for MotoGP return in 2022?

By sep, 25 June 2021

Andrea Dovizioso recently completed another two-day test session in Misano, Italy. Piloting the ever-improving Aprilia RS-GP, the 35-year-old Italian has been working hard to develop Aprilia's MotoGP contender by completing over 120 laps around the iconic circuit in the span of two days.

Dovizioso tested several aspects of the Aprilia RS-GP which includes aerodynamics, electronics, bike dynamics, as well as chassis configurations for the Aprilia MotoGP riders, Aleix Espargaro and Lorenzo Savadori, to compete in the second half of the 2021 MotoGP championship. Looking at how well Espargaro has been doing in the past few races, we can safely say that Dovi has been an important asset for the brand's MotoGP project.

According to Andrea Dovizioso, "It was a very interesting test. Testing on a third and different circuit was extremely important to understand the bike better and to see which points need to be developed. We tested and changed a lot of things in order to better understand many details which, in fact, we gathered more accurately, identifying how to improve and where, on the other hand, we lose something with certain changes. With the next scheduled tests, we’ll be able to make more comparisons and discuss our ideas better."

There's a chance that Dovi might make his return to the MotoGP grid next season, if you ask Aprilia's Racing CEO, Massimo Rivola. According to him, "Andrea has proven to be a great rider in terms of sensitivity and understanding the way the bike behaves. Parallel to testing, Aprilia Racing is taking measures to find the best solution in terms of the riders to put on the grid in 2022, without having to wait for the outcome of the next tests in July. Andrea is certainly included in the solutions we are assessing, but there are very interesting and valid alternatives on the table and a decision must be taken soon so we can properly plan the future strategy of the team. The Assen weekend will be extremely important in this regard."

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