Three-time MotoGP title runner-up Dovizioso was ousted from the manufacturing unit Ducati squad on the finish of final yr and elected to take a sabbatical after turning down a race experience with Aprilia.
With the 2021 RS-GP instantly proving to be a powerful bundle, Dovizioso requested two personal checks with Aprilia earlier than signing on for a full test schedule in 2021 with the Italian marque.
Taking a sabbatical this yr with a view to creating a full-time return to MotoGP in 2022, his checks with Aprilia had been seen as a warm-up to becoming a member of the staff subsequent season.
Nonetheless, Maverick Vinales now seems to be set to take the second Aprilia seat in 2022 after requesting to have his two-year Yamaha deal terminated on the finish of 2021.
Espargaro has famously cited Dovizioso as his favorite rider in MotoGP and hopes to emulate at Aprilia what the Italian did at Ducati, however revealed that Dovizioso doesn’t appear to be he needs to race in 2022.
“Dovizioso has completed some checks with us,” Espargaro instructed DAZN. “Thus far he has not been very aggressive and it appears that evidently he doesn’t wish to race.
“I’m an enormous fan of his, however it’s troublesome for him to be my teammate.”
As a result of being a concession producer, Aprilia is ready to freely check privately with its race line-up.
Already spearheading growth of the RS-GP throughout race weekends, Espargaro needs a “stronger companion” on the staff to assist share the load.
“It’s troublesome to develop the bike as a result of you need to strive new issues,” Espargaro added.
“Aprilia wished me to do some checks through the summer time holidays and go to the windtunnel.
“It will assist me if I had a stronger companion, or if there was a satellite tv for pc staff as a result of that approach they might unfold the work over extra shoulders and accumulate extra knowledge.”
Aprilia had been evaluating supplying a satellite tv for pc staff with bikes for 2022, however will proceed to discipline simply its two manufacturing unit staff bikes subsequent yr after VR46 and Gresini elected to companion with Ducati.