World news – MotoGP: Lorenzo Savadori is confirmed as Aleix Espargaro’s Aprilia team-mate


Lorenzo Savadori will make his full-time MotoGP debut this year after being confirmed at Aprilia as Aleix Espargaro’s team-mate.

The team’s rider line-up was made during the official 2021 bike launch at the Losail circuit Announced internationally in Qatar ahead of the official tests at the same circuit.

Savadori drove for Aprilia for the last three laps of last season, replacing Bradley Smith. However, in the winter it was revealed that he and Bradley Smith would both be battling for a spot on this year’s team. A decision should only be made after the pre-season testing, but that is no longer the case.

The Italian teamed up with Espargaro, who is starting his fifth season with Aprilia, recently on a private testing at Jerez and his position was confirmed today.

« I don’t want to thank Aprilia for this great opportunity, » said Savadori. « I know I still have a lot to learn. It’s a challenging category and still new to me. The tests and races last year gave me the chance to build trust in this bike and tires, but it’s only one Start with wide margins for improvement.

« I will try to convert into positive energy the pain caused by the death of Fausto [Gresini], a person who believed in me very much. His determination and the things he taught me will be with me in this new phase of my career. « 

Savadori won the Italian SBK Championship with his Aprilia RSV4 last year, won six races and secured two second places in the eight races. He also won the World Superstock 1000 title in 2015 and spent three between 2016 and 2018 Seasons in the Superbike World Championship.

« Lorenzo has to grow and learn a lot, starting with the racetracks, » said Massimo Rivola, CEO of Aprilia Racing. « An exceptional talent scout like Fausto believed in him a lot, so I’m confident that he will give everything to repay this trust. « 

Savadori will get his first impression of the RS-GP 2021 at tomorrow’s shakedown test (March 5th). He can participate as Aprilia made his concessions for the new one Savadori will then take part in the two-day official test this weekend and the three-day test next week.

As a result of Savadori’s entry into the two-driver line-up, it will For the first time since 2010, there has been no British rider on the MotoGP grid. Cal Crutchlow represented the UK between 2011 and 2020 but went back to the end of last season and is now Yamaha’s test driver.

The 2021 season currently kicks off on March 28th at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, followed by the second round on same route the following weekend (April 4th).

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