Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the two big Italian rivals Ducati and Aprilia will share the Mugello test track. But if it’s going to be routine for the Bologna team with test driver Michele Pirro in preparation for the Italian Grand Prix, these tests will be really important for the Noale team.
In fact, Andrea Dovizioso will drive the RS-GP which he does again after the first test in Jerez, but only on a different track, and also after changes which, as he himself said: “You couldn’t have done that in three days.”
So, For the first time, Dovi will drive a slightly modified Aprilia to adapt it to his own needs. A fundamental test for a manufacturer who not only wants to grow, but also given Aleix’s excellent results in the last four Grands Prix – a 7th, a 10th and two 6th places that put him in seventh place in the World Championship have – meanwhile he also wants Andrea as a test driver for 2021 and is looking forward to having him on the team next season.
Was everything perfect? Incomplete. The weather forecasts for the two days in Tuscany are actually very bad. 100% rain is expected on the first day and 90% on the second, which means the track will always be wet. Will he try the rain tires? And again, how important can a rain test be for Dovizioso?
We don’t have any news yet, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the teams involved changed the goal. But not in Italy, because the weather conditions seem to be the same everywhere.