Andrea Dovizioso cannot find the feeling with the Yamaha M1 in this MotoGP start of the season. During the winter and the Irta tests, the focus was mainly on top speed, but for some time the expert driver from Forlì had stressed that the lack of grip at the rear was the primary problem. And Fabio Quartararo underlined this with great bitterness after the Argentine Grand Prix. To complicate the weekend of the ‘Dovi’ a problem with the lowering device that forced him to return to the pits after just one lap due to the intervention of the mechanics who unlocked the device. All on the day when Aprilia triumphed.
Dovizioso-Aprilia no regrets?
After the divorce from Ducati Andrea Dovizioso remained out of the MotoGP scene, dedicating himself to motocross and waiting for the best chance to return to the premier class. He did some private tests with the RS-GP and seemed one step away from signing with the Noale manufacturer. But the void left by Maverick Vinales in Yamaha opened a door in Razlan Razali’s satellite team, where the 36-year-old jumped on the promise of an official YZR-M1 for 2022. Leaving the Roses rider free access to Aprilia. Probably a wrong choice if you think with hindsight… At that moment Fabio Quartararo was in command of the World Championship and Iwata’s prototype seemed simple enough to take to the limit. However, he did not deal with the progress of the competition …
Aprilia wins in Argentina
Until a year ago, winning the Aprilia RS-GP in MotoGP was unthinkable, but the engineers from Noale did an excellent job during the winter break. In the tests Aleix Espargarò and Maverick Vinales immediately shone in Sepang, in Losail he finished 4th, in Termas de Rio Hondo the perfect weekend. Nine days of private tests carried out by Andrea Dovizioso on the bike from Noale. “I am really happy for the Aprilia people I got to know in the short time I tried for them. They worked hard, they deserve it and I’m happy for them. I think the bike worked better in Argentina, because Maverick was also particularly competitive. It is a mix between the characteristics of the bike and the style of the rider“.
Pros and cons in MotoGP
Andrea Dovizioso’s failure to sign with Aprilia with Aprilia is mainly due to a question of riding style. “When I tried that bike it had very positive aspects and I immediately said that the project was born well. But there have also been deficits and whether or not these weaknesses are a big deal for you depends a lot on how you drive”Explained the three-time MotoGP runner-up. “The same thing is happening to me right now on the Yamaha, which has some peculiarities, but on the other hand has important limitations in other areas … It depends a lot on the riding style“.