Aprilia Extends Test Rider's Contract - Why he Will Play a more crucial role than ever
Aprilia has renewed Lorenzo Savadori’s contract as the factory’s official test rider until the end of 2023. Here’s why he will play a more crucial role than ever.
Looking back at where Aprilia has come from in the past, test rider Lorenzo Savadori and the factory’s development team have done a great job and had great success with their work.
Lorenzo Savadori on the Aprilia MotoGP bike – Image provided by Motorsport Images
Such big success in fact that the Aprilia has become the second-best bike on the grid and Aleix Espargaro is still in close proximity to the championship title.
For Lorenzo Savadori the surprising and great results for the Noale base factory will be rewarded with another year as an official Aprilia test rider.
However, his job will become even harder with the start of the 2023 season. As Aprilia has been quite successful this year, the Italians will lose their concessions.
With the start of the concession-free season, Aprilia loses various advantages over the other factories. In particular, the limitation of test time and the elimination of in-season engine upgrades are of great importance.
Savadori’s work with the development team will be more crucial than ever to maximize the potential of Aprilia’s concept.
Having only restricted time to test the bikes, each session with Savadori on it will be of more importance. However, knowing there will be a satellite team with them next season should take a bit of the workload off Savadori’s shoulders.