Andrea Dovizioso has completed two days of testing at Misano. Afterward, they issued the following press release, containing statements from Aprilia Corse boss Massimo Rivola on their pursuit of a rider for 2022:
GOOD TEST FOR ANDREA DOVIZIOSO IN MISANO
CHASSIS, AERODYNAMICS AND ELECTRONICS TESTS OVER THE TWO DAYS, ALSO IN VIEW OF 2022
The two days of testing on the Misano track ended today, with protagonists Andrea Dovizioso and the Aprilia RS-GP.
Andrea was finally able to test the RS-GP in ideal conditions since the last test in Mugello was plagued by rain. 78 laps yesterday and 76 today are a testament to the hard work Andrea put in on the track, supported by the Aprilia Racing test team. Dovizioso lapped at decidedly fast times, making a clear improvement from one day to the next although, as always in these cases, the clock is not the most important reference.
Aerodynamics, electronics and the general dynamic of the bike, with various chassis solutions tested over the two days: these were the areas explored, also in view of developments on the RS-GP both for the second half of this season and to define the bike for next season.
“It was a very interesting test. Testing on a third and different circuit was extremely important to understand the bike better and to see which points need to be developed. We tested and changed a lot of things in order to better understand many details which, in fact, we gathered more accurately, identifying how to improve and where, on the other hand, we lose something with certain changes. With the next scheduled tests, we’ll be able to make more comparisons and discuss our ideas better.”
MASSIMO RIVOLA - APRILIA RACING CEO
“These were two very positive days. We are pleased with these tests that gave us some important pointers and demonstrated the bike’s progress which has already been seen in the races. It’s a job that we will continue as scheduled in July. Andrea has proven to be a great rider in terms of sensitivity and understanding the way the bike behaves. Parallel to testing, Aprilia Racing is taking measures to find the best solution in terms of the riders to put on the grid in 2022, without having to wait for the outcome of the next tests in July. Andrea is certainly included in the solutions we are assessing, but there are very interesting and valid alternatives on the table and a decision must be taken soon so we can properly plan the future strategy of the team. The Assen weekend will be extremely important in this regard.”