Jordi Torres says his new Althea BMW squad has 'enormous potential' and is raring to go ahead of the 2016 World Superbike championship.
The former Moto2 race winner has switched to the Althea Racing after Aprilia withdrew its factory squad for the upcoming WSBK season.
The Spaniard ended 2015 on a high by taking his maiden race win in the series at Qatar in a triumphant end to his one-season spell with Aprilia and is now ready to start a new chapter of his career with his new 'family'.
“I've only recently arrived in the Althea BMW Racing Team, but I already feel part of the family,” Torres said at the Althea BMW's team launch in Rome. “Each and every member of the team is passionate and competent when it comes to bikes and motorcycling and their expectations are high.”
After Althea ditched Ducati for BMW over the winter Torres and new team-mate Markus Reiterberger are confident the S1000RR bike has race-winning potential but development work must be taken to get the German bike to not chew up the Pirelli tyres. At last November's winter test at Jerez, Reiterberger felt the bike could produce a hot pace over a short period but a drop off in tyre performance hit heavily after a handful of laps.
“I tested the BMW S1000RR for the first time during testing at Jerez de la Frontera in November and then in Vallelunga and I immediately had great sensations,” he explained. “There is still work to do, but there is enormous potential. Unveiling my bike today was really emotional and I know I'll definitely have fun with her on track.”