Jordi Torres will move to the MV Agusta Reparto Corse squad for the 2018 World Superbike championship after two years with Althea BMW.

The former World Superbike and Moto2 race winner will take the place of Leon Camier, who has switched to Red Bull Honda for 2018, with MV Agusta expected to remain a one-rider outfit for next season.

Torres, who switched from Moto2 to World Superbikes in 2015, has been a consistent top ten challenger this year but is yet to reach to rostrum since his maiden win in the series for the factory Aprilia in Qatar two years ago.

The Spanish rider is relishing the new challenge and is keen to push forward the development of the MV Agusta.

“I’m really excited to start this new season with Team MV Agusta Reparto Corse,” Torres said. “Over these last years I have been able to evaluate the excellent growth of the F4 RC and I am sure we will be able to take some very positive results in 2018.

“Thanks to Andrea Quadranti, Giovanni Castiglioni and MV Agusta for believing in me and my potential; I really look forward to riding this bike during the next tests.”

Andrea Quadranti, MV Agusta team principal, is thrilled to welcome Torres to the Italian manufacturer while he passed on further thanks to outgoing rider Camier for his efforts over the past three seasons.

“We are really glad to have signed this contract with Jordi, its strength and its talent make him the best choice to continue the development on our F4 RC and to consistently claim important results,” Quadranti said. “We definitely look forward to seeing Jordi on our bike for the winter test.

“I would also like to extend my personal thanks to Leon Camier, who will leave us at the end of the season for a new professional adventure.”