After shedding his place with the manufacturing unit Ducati squad for 2021 – with whom he raced between 2013 and 2020 – Dovizioso is taking a sabbatical in 2021 with a view to getting ready for a full-time MotoGP return subsequent yr.
Dovizioso agreed to test the Aprilia RS-GP at Jerez last month, finishing up a second check at Mugello at the beginning of Could – although that outing was hampered by moist climate.
The three-time MotoGP title runner-up admitted on the time that he had but to debate additional check outings with Aprilia, however Aprilia has since confirmed he’ll proceed to experience the bike throughout 2021 in “a collection of checks”.
Dovizioso will subsequent be out on observe on the RS-GP on 23-24 June at Misano alongside race riders Aleix Espargaro and Lorenzo Savadori.
“Since I wasn’t in a position to check at Mugello in dry circumstances, I am happy that Aprilia Racing requested me to proceed the work we began in Jerez and to have the ability to present my contribution to creating the bike,” Dovizioso mentioned.
“I believe this will probably be helpful for each of us – for me, to proceed coaching on a MotoGP bike in anticipation of a doable return in 2022, and for Aprilia to obtain what they really feel to be fascinating info.
“For that reason, we determined to do extra checks.”
Andrea Dovizioso, Aprilia
Picture by: Aprilia Racing
Aprilia technical director Romano Albesiano added: “Our RS-GP challenge underwent an enormous revolution final yr and now we will lastly push on improvement.
“The primary a part of the 2021 season has been very optimistic and quite evident enhancements have been seen.
“Now, with the ability to arrange a piece schedule with Andrea is a good alternative to speed up and consolidate this development.
“Within the first two outings, we already touched on quite a lot of points that we’ll now be capable of take a look at extra in depth collectively, making an attempt to get the very best efficiency out of our very younger challenge.”
Dovizioso has beforehand mentioned racing the Aprilia in wildcard outings this yr isn’t in his plans at current.
Aprilia has loved a powerful begin to 2021 with its upgraded RS-GP, Espargaro at present seventh within the standings on 35 factors having scored high 10 ends in all however the French GP – the place he crashed out.