Lorenzo Savadori wasn't able to enjoy a day at the beach on this hot August 12th, because he was called to arms by Aprilia to carry out track tests with what appears to be a real two-wheel bomb. In fact, the stolen photos give us a great preview of what will probably be the 2021 version of the Aprilia Tuono that, in this upgrade, received all the possible attention it could get directly from the Racing Department in Noale.
The huge change first of all involves all the aerodynamics, as is obvious in these photos. The windscreen of the Tuono is now entirely similar to that of the RS-GP 20, with which Espargarò and Smith race in the MotoGP, taking advantage of completely similar aerodynamic principles and making the noses of the two bikes very similar to those of a Formula 1.
But that's not the only change that should be emphasized, because the Tuono Savadori is bringing to the track is clearly enhanced with carbon fiber, which could seem like sort of a naked version of the RSV4-X that a certain Max Biaggi is taking to the track, more times than not. It's easy to assume that the engine of this bike was also conceived directly by the Racing Department, which allows us to hypothesize maximum values higher than 215 hp. Something that would put the Venetian naked immediately at the top of the ranking for this category of motorcycles.
Those who were present at Imola also had the chance to jot down some times, stating that good old Savadori managed to stop the clock at an amazing 1'50", a time that the SBKs of a few years ago only dreamt of, and that suggests the potential of this really feisty Tuono.
For now, there's obviously no official news on what the fate of this prototype will be, but we can only appreciate the work done by the technicians at Noale who, over the years, have managed to update, constantly improve, and create a reference point that is increasingly difficult to beat for a bike that seems truly immortal.