Aprilia is set to try a carbon fibre swingarm on its RS-GP for the first time during private MotoGP testing at Jerez this week.

The Italian factory - which previously used a carbon fibre swingarm for its 250GP machines, but has so far favoured a conventional aluminium design in MotoGP - will be on track from March 27-29 with Matteo Baiocco.

"Our test team should try the carbon fibre swingarm for the first time on the RS-GP in Spain," a team spokesman told Crash.net.

"Then we will bring it for the guys in the race team."

Ducati has used a carbon fibre swingarm since 2009, with Honda debuting the composite on its RC213V during winter testing. 

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa then raced with the new swingarm on their way to second and seventh respectively in the season-opening Qatar MotoGP, won by Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso. Honda are also among the teams testing at Jerez this week.

Aprilia riders Aleix Espargaro and Scott Redding were a frustrated 19th and 20th in Qatar after problems in the race.

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