Dovizioso is taking a sabbatical in 2021 after dropping his place at Ducati on the finish of final season following eight years with the Italian marque.
He was supplied a race seat with Aprilia for 2021 in addition to a number of take a look at rider roles – together with the Yamaha gig that went to Cal Crutchlow – however declined all offers to work in direction of a full-time MotoGP race return in 2022.
Aprilia introduced final month it had struck an settlement with Dovizioso for him to experience the RS-GP at a personal take a look at at Jerez from April 12-14.
Nonetheless, it stays unclear what each events’ finish recreation is from this take a look at, with Dovizioso’s supervisor final month admitting any form of race return in 2021 with Aprilia was unlikely.
When requested by Motorsport.com to elucidate why he was motivated to hold out this take a look at, Dovizioso stated: “It’s as a result of nonetheless my ardour is for MotoGP and I want to race subsequent 12 months.
“I believe it was good to be on observe and I’m actually blissful as a result of Aprilia gave me the chance to do this and in the correct means.
“I’m actually blissful about that and I believe it’s optimistic in any case if I’ll race subsequent 12 months or not.
“The chance to experience a MotoGP bike is at all times good and to have the ability to do it on this means, in knowledgeable means, not simply driving, it’s what I want to do, it’s in the way in which I wish to do.
“It was not simple to say no and every thing was organised within the immediately, so I believe it was good to do it.”
Andrea Dovizioso, Aprilia
Dovizioso spent the three days at Jerez largely engaged on adjusting his place on the RS-GP having spent eight years on the Ducati, and says he didn’t go too deep into improvement work on the Aprilia in consequence.
Refusing to be drawn on what lap occasions he managed – although famous they weren’t “too unhealthy” – Dovizioso didn’t say in what areas the RS-GP impressed or disenchanted him, however revealed an extra take a look at is more likely to happen at Mugello within the subsequent month.
“To discuss the lap occasions, I don’t assume is simply too clever as a result of when you find yourself not feeling 100% with the place on the bike it’s not necessary,” he added.
“As I advised you earlier than, the pace of the MotoGP rider could be quick with each bike, the hole is small however this isn’t the purpose, particularly in case you have a look at the race everyone is in a single second [of the best pace].
“So, this isn’t the purpose; to be on high you want various things.
“Subsequent, I believe we are going to do one other take a look at as a result of we wish to work a bit extra on the place of the bike and that’s the important thing to strive different issues and takes time.
“So, I believe we are going to organise one other take a look at, possibly to be in Mugello in a single month roughly. And that’s the plan.”
Aprilia has confirmed that Dovizioso will take a look at the RS-GP once more in Mugello on Might 11-12.