Former Ducati factory MotoGP rider, Andrea Dovizioso, made his very first Aprilia debut yesterday when he tested the Aprilia RS-GP at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, Spain. This might come to most of you as a shocker, considering the fact that he left the sport at the end of last month to take a 'sabbatical leave' for 2021, but hey, here we are keeping track of "DesmoDovi" feeling out the Aprilia RS-GP machinery.
Dovizioso is currently taking part in a three-day test with Aprilia, and if all things point towards greatness, there's a huge possibility that the Noale factory might sign the Italian rider for the rest of the season. That idea might sound cool, but we have to say that it'll most likely suck to be Lorenzo Savadori, who just started the season as Aprilia's full-time rider.
Nevertheless, the former Ducati factory rider is just taking his time to familiarise himself with the bike before turning it up for today and tomorrow. For the testing sessions and the first two opening races, we can see that Aleix Espargaro definitely improved his results compared to 2019, and the possibility of having Dovizioso in the camp might just give them an edge to fight with the front runners.
For now, the only comment that is heard echoing throughout the internet is Dovi stating that the Aprilia RS-GP being an 'easy' bike to ride. Considering his vast experience using different types of machinery like Ducati, Honda, and Yamaha, our best guess is that the 2021 Aprilia RS-GP is closer to the Yamaha than the other two (because we've never heard any rider saying that the Honda RC213V and Ducati Desmosedici GP being 'easy' to ride).
Anyway, time will tell if the partnership will form between Andrea Dovizioso and Aprilia. For now, the MotoGP grid is setting up shop in Portimao, Portugal for the third round of the season. Pramac Ducati's Johann Zarco is currently leading the championship, but most are eager for the return of Honda's Marc Marquez, who has been cleared to ride this weekend.