Andrea Dovizioso To Test Aprilia MotoGP Machine

Rennie Scaysbrook | March 17, 2021

Andrea Dovizioso will be back on a MotoGP machine on April 12, after agreeing to a test with Aprilia on their 2021 RS-GP machine.

The Italian announced he would be taking a sabbatical year in 2021 after stepping away from Ducati last year, but will be back on a premier class machine from the 12th to the 14th of April at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto as part of a trial with the Noale factory.

Andrea Dovizioso Aprilia
Dovi will be back in black for a test with Aprilia this April.

“I was pleased by Aprilia’s interest and when we spoke about the possibility of doing this test, I gladly accepted the invitation to be able to ride a MotoGP bike again and to stay in form, giving the engineers my feedback. I wish to thank Aprilia Racing for this opportunity,” said three-time MotoGP runner-up Dovizioso.

Aprilia and Aleix Espargaro showed much improved competitiveness at the recent Qatar Test on the 2021 RS-GP, eventually finishing the six days as sixth fastest. Now, Dovizioso will get his chance to taste the Aprilia with a possible view to filling their test rider void or even taking up a full-time seat in MotoGP once again.

“It was a pleasure to invite Andrea,” said Massimo Rivola, Aprilia Racing CEO. “The days in Jerez will simply be a chance to get to know one another better, also on the track. It will not be a ‘trial matrimony’ but an opportunity to turn some laps together without any binding commitment for the future. We are well aware of all Andrea’s qualities and his contribution will be important, even for just one test.”

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Andrea Dovizioso Aprilia Espargaro
Aleix Espargaro showed exceptional pace at the Qatar MotoGP test on the new Aprilia.

Rennie Scaysbrook | Road Test Editor Rennie Scaysbrook is our Road Test Editor. A lifetime rider, the Aussie made the trek across the Pacific to live the dream in the U.S. of A. Likes puppies and wheelies.