MotoGP: Aprilia confirm second test with Andrea Dovizioso at Mugello

Andrea Dovizioso will ride Aprilia's RS-GP again at Mugello
Andrea Dovizioso will ride Aprilia's RS-GP again at Mugello

Aprilia has confirmed that Andrea Dovizioso will test their RS-GP MotoGP bike at Mugello next month.

Earlier on today the Italian had told the media that another test may be on the cards following a successful three days at Jerez. It has now been revealed that Dovizioso will return to action at Mugello on May 11-12.

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This week's test was Dovizioso's first opportunity to ride another manufacturer's bike since he announced his departure from Ducati and the resulting sabbatical from MotoGP. Dovizioso spent eight seasons on the Desmocedici, finishing second overall to Marc Marquez on three occasions.

During the three days Dovizioso's main aim was to work on his positioning on the RS-GP, which he'll now get the chance to improve on at Mugello. Today's official releases reads:

"With his rigour and analytical thinking, Andrea went over every aspect of the RS-GP: engine, electronics, chassis architecture and aerodynamics, providing valuable indications and addressing changes to the base package that consistently improved his performance and confidence on the bike."

Dovizioso, with his vast knowledge and experience in MotoGP, was able to provide plenty of feedback to the Aprilia team. On this occasion, a time attack was not completed as there was no need, from Dovizioso's side nor Aprilia's, on this occasion.

“These were three very interesting days, partly because of the pleasure and interest in sharing the vision that Andrea gave us of the MotoGP bike," Aprilia Racing Technical Director, Romano Albesiano added. “His experience showed us a clear and analytical method in approaching the fine tuning of the bike. We had a sincere exchange of ideas with him, and we appreciated that. I hope he felt the same way about it.”

The two-day test at Mugello takes place in the week leading up to the fifth round of the 2021 MotoGP championship. Mugello is scheduled to host round six on May 30.

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