SportMotoGPAleix Espargaró reproaches Dovizioso for his disdain towards Aprilia

Aleix Espargaró reproaches Dovizioso for his disdain towards Aprilia

In the midst of negotiations with Andrea Dovizioso ‘s representative to place him in the Sepang Racing Team for the remainder of the season and the next, the Italian maintains a contract as an Aprilia test rider, an agreement that, for the time being, the Italian he has not given up.

Dovizioso , who decided to take a sabbatical after not renewing with Ducati in 2020, accepted an important financial offer from Aprilia to carry out the work of test and development rider. However, since he got on the RS-GP for the first time, last April, the Italian’s results have not been encouraging at all and he has systematically refused to ride as a guest or substitute.

Despite this, Dovizioso has become the brand’s media star, especially in Italy, and from that perspective, Aleix was asked this Thursday if he considered it interesting that Dovi continue this season as a test driver, or if his presence in the future could make the Aprilia project more solid.

“I do not have much to say. Truth to be told I do not know. I like the trio that we now have confirmed. Savadori, Viñales and Espargaró I think we form a very powerful group. I understand that at the media level, Dovizioso’s arrival at Aprilia as a star, three times runner-up in the world, well deserved, made a lot of noise. But at Aprilia I consider myself the star rider, at Aprilia they consider me their star rider, even now with the arrival of a rider as good as Maverick, so at the moment we are three stars at Aprilia.”

Aleix questioned the level of involvement of Forli.

“What I want is that the people who are on board this project have to be one hundred percent confident. Maverick is, Lorenzo is and I am one thousand percent. The others, I don’t know.”

(Before reading on, click on the image to see the photos of Aleix Espargaró’s 2021 season in MotoGP)

A few words that may lead one to think that Aleix does not want Dovizioso in the project.

“Careful! I haven’t said that I don’t love him at all. I have said that I want people who trust the project one hundred percent. They have asked me if Maverick is going to race in Aragón (September 12) and I assure you that if he could, he would race here tomorrow, without testing the bike. I know for sure because I have spoken with him and he has told me. Savadori has a shattered foot and is right now in the box with the doctors getting a special boot to be able to drive because he wants to race no matter what.”

“The other rider you asked me (referring to Dovizioso) is not clear to me that he wants to race one hundred percent, from here let each one draw their conclusions”, Aleix said, reproaching Dovi for not wanting to replace Savadori in Austria, nor any wild card , despite having an astronomical salary as an Aprilia tester.

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