Aprilia’s performance on track has undoubtedly improved. We saw this during pre-season testing in Qatar and we’ve seen it again today in FP1, Aleix Espargaró setting the second fastest time behind Franco Morbidelli. And yet, as Aprilia CEO Massimo Rivola says during an interview with Sky Sport MotoGP, this is not enough. For this reason, Andrea Dovizioso will step in to help Aprilia by carrying out some tests aboard the RS-GP. This is what Rivola had to say about it.
“We need a little optimism”
The Aprilia CEO first spoke about the work on the RS-GP ridden by Aleix Espargaró and Lorenzo Savadori: “Over the winter we’ve worked on pretty much all areas - he comments - and this is a big evolution of last year’s bike, which was already itself a great evolution, Covid slowed us down though, so the current situation is all part of the growth. There is enthusiasm, but the bike’s performance is still not enough, so we’re working. We still have a lot to do and will continue along this path, which we know is a good one. The RS- GP 20 was better than the 2019 version and the 2021 is better than that of 2020, so we can feel a little optimistic”.
“Dovizioso a talented rider with great sensitivity”
As for Andrea Dovizioso's much-awaited return to the track, albeit in a test rider capacity, Rivola explains: “We’re taking it day by day, so aside from the Jerez test, I don’t know whether Dovi will take to the track again or compete in any races. I think it’s positive for Dovi if he wants to keep in shape with a view to returning in 2022, though with what team I don’t know. It is an advantage for him to ride a MotoGP, and an advantage for us to have him do so. He has real sensitivity, speed and talent, so we couldn’t have a better advisor for our bike - he concludes - It's fundamental at a time like this, when we still need to grow, so I hope the Jerez test goes well and then we’ll see what happens”.
Translated by Heather Watson