Sparkling Cesena rider clinches the title at Magny-Cours.
At the age of 22 years and six months, Lorenzo Savadori has achieved the goal of winning the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup. He becomes the 15th rider to win the Cup and the eighth from Italy. He is the tenth youngest to claim the crown, just a several months younger than Leandro Mercado when the Argentinian won last year.
Savadori had one hand on the title in France last year. He highsided out of contention just half a lap away from the chequered flag, depriving himself of the title as Mercado majestically swept through to take the honours.
A flamboyant character on and off the track, Savadori debuted in Superstock 1000 in 2011, with the Lorenzini by Leoni team. He moved to Barni Ducati in 2012 ahead of two campaigns with a Team Pedercini Kawasaki – including the one in which he so nearly clinched the title. During the off-season ahead of 2015, he made the switch to Team Nuova M2 Racing to attempt an assault on the title aboard the RF RSV4.
From the season-opener in Aragon last April, the positive feelings between the Italian rider and the Noale-built, four-cylinder motorcycle were clear. He scored pole position and missed out on victory only when he was overhauled by BMW rival Roberto Tamburini at the final corner. However, from Assen onwards Savadori has picked up four race victories from seven and arrived in France this week with a 25-point advantage over his compatriot. The eighth position he achieved on Sunday marked an end to Savadori’s path to the title, having failed to win the title two weeks ago in Jerez.
His 8 victories put him third overall for Superstock 1000 race wins, behind only former Champions Ayrton Badovini (11) and Sylvain Barrier (10). Furthermore, he has controlled proceedings in 2015, leading a staggering 71 of the 95 laps across the first seven races which equates to almost 75%. He has finished on the podium in every race this season.
Having defeated the ghosts of 2014, the youth and undeniable talent of Lorenzo Savadori can now look to make a mark on an international career in motorcycle racing, complete with the confident smile that has always been his trademark.