Former WorldSBK rider Xavi Fores to serve as rider coach for Martin, Zarco

Former WorldSBK rider Xavi Fores will take part in the 2022 MotoE World Cup with Octo Pramac, while also serving as the official rider coach for MotoGP stars Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco.
Former WorldSBK rider Xavi Fores to serve as rider coach for Martin, Zarco

Ex-WorldSBK rider Xavi Fores has officially joined Octo Pramac for the 2022 MotoE World Cup, while also joining Pramac Racing in MotoGP as a rider coach. 

Fores spent two of the last three seasons racing for Honda and BMW in BSB (2019, 2021), while separating those two campaigns was a return to WorldSBK in 2020 with Kawasaki. 

However, all three campaigns ended in rather disappointing fashion, with 2021 being by far the worst as Fores and FHO Racing BMW decided to part ways with three rounds to go. 

Injuries played a significant role in Fores’ second of two seasons in British Superbike, while a congested schedule due to his EWC (Endurance World Championship) commitments was cited as another reason for the split. 

Speaking about his new challenge, Fores said: "A new era is beginning in my sports career. After a difficult few months, I am happy to announce that I will be part of the Octo Pramac team in the MotoE World Cup."

Fores will be part of a two-rider Octo Pramac line-up as Kevin Manfredi is the other rider to have been confirmed. 

Alongside his MotoE participation, Fores will serve as the official Pramac Racing rider coach to Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco. 

Both Martin and Zarco demonstrated huge potential in 2021, particularly in the case of Martin who secured three pole positions and a race victory in Austria as a rookie. 

Fores added: "I’m very happy to announce my partnership with Pramac Racing to be their rider coach all season for MotoGP in 2022, working with two big names like Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco. Looking forward to starting this new chapter in my career."

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