Lorenzo Savadori says he's heading into the unknown going to Phillip Island for the 2016 World Superbike season opener having still not tested with new team IodaRacing Aprilia.
The 2015 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup winner is preparing to make the full-time step up to World Superbikes after being announced as a late entry with former MotoGP squad IodaRacing and will team-mate Alex de Angelis.
IodaRacing has picked up two Aprilia RSV4 RF machines Dorna kept on lease from the Italian manufacturer as it steps in WSBK but due to the late confirmation the team has missed all of the European-based winter tests. de Angelis has been able to enjoy a shakedown run at Jerez before the team's equipment was shipped to Australia but Savadori hasn't turned a wheel since ending last season as Superstock 1000 champion at Magny-Cours.
The lack of testing means Savadori will have a very steep learning curve at the final pre-season at Philip Island on 22-23 February – just days before the 2016 curtain raiser.
“I will have to try and learn as much as I can as quickly as I can,” Savadori said on worldsbk.com “It won't be easy to make the leap to the category without having done any testing. We'll try and learn everything calmly. I don't know the team, or more I mean I only know them by name.
“I've been in the WorldSBK paddock since 2011 and I feel happy to work with them, I'm sure they have a lot to teach me and I'm pleased about that. I'm leaving for Phillip Island almost feeling more like a rookie; the bike I rode last year is very different and I think the tyres will prove a big difference too.”
Savadori completed a five-year stint in the Superstock 1000 class with the title on Aprilia machinery and despite a handful of wildcard entries in WSBK he is expecting an all-new challenge in 2016.
“I can't wait to try the bike. It's been a long time since I rode, since Magny-Cours last year, but we're almost there now,” he explained. “I can't wait to get on the Aprilia that Jordi Torres and Leon Hallam rode last year, it's a competitive bike and it won the last two race of 2015 in Qatar.”