On the evening he left for Le Mans, Lorenzo Savadori took the opportunity to go to Mugello to see Andrea Dovizioso’s test on the RS-GP. In fact, the rider from Romagna spent the entire day in the Aprilia garage, watching the rider from Forlì closely.
He had already done so a month ago in Jerez. Too bad that this time the bad weather intervened, partially complicating the work plan.
“I have say that the bike has improved a lot compared to the previous version,” he began “Having never raced in the Moto2 and Moto3, but in Superbike, I need some time to adapt to a prototype, since the MotoGP is more rigid than a derivative. However, I’m getting closer and, at the same time, learning from Aleix, who knows the bike well and is very strong. I would like to underline that Aprilia is helping me along this path.”
One thing is certain: the bar has risen in the MotoGP in these past few years.
“The level is very high. I remember Saturday morning in Jerez, when I was eight tenths behind the top, but I was behind. I’m working to change my style, in order to adapt to the bike and its needs.”
Lorenzo knows what it takes to move ahead.
“I have to find more confidence with the new tires and the time attack, since I’m not effective, and I leave a few tenths on the road that, in the end, means losing positions on the grid. I need more experience in the race.”
In the top class, Savadori is up against those who, until a few years ago, he watched from the sofa at home.
“Racing with your idols is great and stimulating. In fact, I try to learn from them as much as possible. The more I ride with them, the more I collect information for my progress.”
Meanwhile, the spotlight will be on Le Mans over the weekend.
“In 2013, I raced in Le Mans. These bikes are definitely different than in the past. The track can adapt well to our bike, given that, at the start of the season, Aprilia performed well on all tracks, and I’m convinced that it'll also do so in France.”
Then he speaks about his teammate.
“The podium is near. Aleix is a rider who rides the Aprilia well and is strong both on the flying lap and in the race. He’s close to the podium, and I know I can be close to the top ten.”
Finally, about Dovi’s test.
“I came to Mugello to watch him closely, even if I didn’t get the chance to talk to him much since, unfortunately, the weather was not the best. Too bad for this somewhat variable weather, which conditioned the work.”