Former MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso states that ‘to be on top you need different things’ and explores riding a new bike with Aprilia.

Fifteen-time MotoGP race winner Dovizioso is working towards a MotoGP comeback this year after he announced last August that he would not be renewing his contract with Ducati. Given that he held this seat for eight years it comes as no surprise that Dovizioso wanted to take a temporary step back from the sport, perhaps to reassess his position on the grid.

Indeed, Dovizioso previously declined a race seat with Aprilia for the current season and also a variety of other test rider roles. However, the recent announcement from Aprilia that stated Dovizioso will privately test the RS-GP bike at Jerez this month confirms the Italian’s enthusiasm and negates any theories that he has lost his confidence.

He stated the following: “My passion is for MotoGP and I would like to race next year. I think it was smart to be back on track and I’m really happy because Aprilia gave me the possibility to do that in the right way.”

Having spent eight years on the same bike, riding the RS-GP no doubt came with its difficulties. Though he commented that his lap times were not ‘too bad’, the rider was hesitant to comment further: “To speak about the lap times, I don’t think is too intelligent because when you are not feeling 100% with the position on the bike it’s not too important.”

In spite of this, Dovizioso will likely test the bike again in Mugello next month and no doubt his confidence in the bike will near that 100% he mentions.

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