An interview with Lorenzo Savadori ahead of his WorldSBK comeback

Lorenzo Savadori
Lorenzo with Lucio Pedercini, Owner of Team Pedercini Racing. Credit:


After the good results scored from 2016 to 2018, when he often got close to the podium on an Aprilia machine, it felt a bit strange not to see Lorenzo Savadori in this year’s WorldSBK field. However, the rider from Cesena will re-join the series in 2020, thanks to the two-year deal signed with Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions.

Following SMR Team switching from Aprilia to BMW (a move that caused the absence of the Italian manufacturer in 2019 season), Lorenzo Savadori lost his seat in WorldSBK and so he finally joined FIM MotoE World Cup, where he’s part of Trentino Gresini Racing Team, and CIV Superbike Championship. The 26-year-old is competing in the Italian series with Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia, the same team he had become 2015 FIM Superstock 1000 Champion with, and he was the only other race winner in this season together with Michele Pirro. “Sava #32” scored a double victory last June in Imola and last weekend, he won Race 2 in Mugello. This way, Savadori secured the runner-up position in championship standings, behind the once again Italian Superbike Champion Pirro.

Lorenzo Savadori
Lorenzo this year in Mugello. Credit: Fabrizio Porrozzi.

In 2020 Lorenzo Savadori will return to World Superbike with Team Pedercini Racing, as he’ll ride a Kawasaki ZX-10RR. Palmen in Motorradsport interviewed the Italian to know more about his expectations for this new chapter.


The interview


Lorenzo, you’ll finally come back to WorldSBK. How does it feel?

I’m very happy. I really want to redeem myself after not being there this year and I’m looking forward to starting my preparation for 2020. Thanks to Team Pedercini Racing for this opportunity.


Have you already set any goal?

We’ll work hard to be in the front and get closer and closer to the first positions. In any case, we’ll set more specific goals after my first test with the team.


What do you think of the current situation of World Superbike, after the changes we have seen this year (the debut of the Ducati V4R, the return of Honda and BMW and the launch of the Superpole Race, ed)?

I keep thinking it’s a great championship, with both great riders and great motorbikes. I really like to race there and I will do my best to get some great results.


Team Pedercini Racing has been very consistent this year with Jordi Torres, your future team-mate.

Yes, I’ve been watching them carefully and their results are getting constantly better (they have often achieved the top-10, ed). About Jordi, I consider him as a great rider and a great guy. I’m very happy to have Jordi as my team-mate and together, we’ll try to be even closer to the fastest riders.


You had raced with Pedercini Racing already in Superstock 1000, in 2013 and 2014, and you almost became Champions. How does it feel to collaborate again with Lucio Pedercini?

I’m happy, because I’ve always had a great relationship with Lucio. In 2020 we’ll face a new challenge together, since the bike is of course different from the one I rode in Superstock. I’m eager to start.


Lorenzo Savadori Team Pedercini Racing
Lorenzo in 2014. Credit: Sprint Filter.


What do you think of the current season in CIV and MotoE?

I’ve learnt a lot and I’ve grown even more as a rider. Meanwhile, I kept working to return to World Superbike and finally I will, also thanks to the help of Fausto Gresini. In any case, for me it was very important to be not just in MotoE, but also in Italian Championship (the contract was signed few days before the season start and the initial plan was to race just in Misano, ed). 


In conclusion, is there something you would like to have in 2020, but you missed from 2016 to 2018?

For sure, I hope to be luckier, because sometimes I didn’t score results because of problems and unfortunate events. Anyway, I was very strong in the last part of 2018 and I hope to be that strong again in 2020.


Palmen in Motorradsport is grateful to Lorenzo for his kindness. Good luck to him for the final races of 2019 and his return to World Superbike.

Precedente Intervista a Lorenzo Savadori, pronto al rientro nel Mondiale Superbike Successivo CIV Superbike: La rinascita di Andrea Mantovani al Mugello