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SBK, Pirro: "Toprak and BMW are impressive, they look like the KTM in MotoGP"

"I didn't think they were at this level. Iannone has retained the MotoGP style to be strong on the Ducati and in Barcelona we will see him in front again. Bulega, on the other hand, prefers to be more rounded."

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At last week's Barcelona Superbike tests, Michele Pirro also took to the track, telling us about the work done on the Ducati V4. For the occasion the test rider also took a close look at the competition, being surprised by some opponents including Toprak.

Just towards the Turkish rider and BMW, Michele wanted to use important words for the work done: "I must say that Toprak and BMW are impressive - he commented - BMW seems to be the KTM because they are structured in a really incredible way exactly like a MotoGP team. In Barcelona they had two test riders in action and a lot of things to test, plus there were a lot of technicians and engineers just like when KTM comes to test with Pedrosa.I honestly didn't think so, instead I was surprised by the work done in the last few years and the competitiveness shown on the track. Of course, there are still aspects to improve, but the M 1000 RR has great potential and I am of the opinion that it will soon fight for the World Championship."

In addition to Toprak, Michele went on to talk about what Iannone has done in testing: "I think Andrea has not forgotten over these years how to ride a bike," he said, " he has retained that MotoGP style that is well suited to the Panigale, thus being able to show his potential. I am convinced that in Barcelona we will find him again at the front fighting for top positions, despite the fact that the track is peculiar because of tire wear."

At the tests, the fastest was Bulega: "Nicolò I think is working very well - concluded Pirro - he won in Australia and during the winter he has always confirmed himself as fast in every situation. He has a different style than Bautista, he is more rounded in his riding, but he shows great effectiveness riding the Panigale V4 precisely because the bike goes for more styles."

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