Superbike at Laguna Seca: double top-10 finish in Race1 for the Aprilia riders

The first race of Round Laguna Seca ended with a double top ten result for Aprilia riders, Lorenzo Savadori and Alex De Angelis, who crossed the finish line in sixth and ninth place respectively. Lorenzo Salvadori, who started from the third row in eighth position got after the SP2 (in 1.23.096), started well to stay in the second leading group chasing the podium in the final laps. The reigning Stock1000 champion who had never done a race before in the Laguna Seca circuit, managed to keep up to fit in the closing stages of the race in the fight for third place, with Alex Lowes, Michael Van Der Mark and Nicky Hayden.

After a confrontation that has kept him busy until the end and after a duel with Van Der Mark, Salvadori was able to pass under the checkered flag in sixth position about a second and a half from the third step of the podium for Hayden. Also Alex De Angelis played one of the best races of the season so far. The San Marino rider who started from the fifth row of the grid with the thirteenth time (in 1.23.661) obtained in SP1, has long struggled with Niccolò Canepa and then with Jordi Torres when he got Xavi Fores in the viewfinder. De Angelis held his race pace at 1’24″, similar to the pace clocked by the chasing group. At the end of laps available, De Angelis crossed the finish line in ninth place in Race 1 completing the positive performance of Iodaracing riders in the first race at the Californian circuit of Laguna Seca.


It ‘was a pretty good race for me, the only thing is that I missed a little something extra to make the podium. As first time at Laguna Seca making a sixth place close to podium is certainly positive. It’s just a shame that when others riders in my group have slowed the pace I was faster but I could not pass them, because we are still not at 100%.  The fact is that we have not a lot of time to work before the race, and in this particular case, the Laguna Seca track is also very challenging. In spite of everything, however, Aprilia and Iodaracing have all done a good job and now we will try together to further improve ahead of tomorrow’s race.


This was certainly one of my best races of the season. Of course, we know we have to improve further and having to do even more, but the trend is clearly positive and also my race pace was great, even if the bike started to pump making a lot of movements, unfortunately, and every times the happen there is more chance to make mistakes and do laps slower as it happened. So if we remove those three or four laps where I lost time, I hooked Fores ease, and then I could have done even better than what I finish today. However, my race pace that’s okay, we have to do now is more and more because now I believe we are getting closer to the top positions that are in our chances.