Motorcycling-Dovizioso open to new role as test rider

Oct 9 (Reuters) - Italian Andrea Dovizioso insists he’s not worried about his future in MotoGP and is seriously considering a role as a test rider next season.

Dovizioso, 34, will leave Ducati at the end of the season, bringing to an end his eight-year association with the team. He has been linked with a move to Aprilia, where he could partner Spaniard Aleix Espargaro next year.

“When I have any news I will tell you,” Dovizioso told reporters when asked if he had secured a seat for the 2021 season. “I’m working on that but I don’t have any stress to make a decision.”

“Test rider is a big option for me for sure.”

Dovizioso has won 13 races since joining Ducati in 2013, finishing runner-up in the championship in the last three seasons.

He is fourth in the world championship standings with 84 points, 24 behind leader Fabio Quartararo heading into this weekend’s French Grand Prix. (Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru Editing by Christian Radnedge)