Double top ten for Althea BMW at Magny-Cours
Nevers (France), Sunday 1 October 2017
The eleventh World Superbike round has concluded today at the French track of Nevers Magny-Cours and for the Althea BMW Racing team it was all about the recovery, with Jordi Torres finishing in eighth place, Raffaele De Rosa tenth.
Superbike – Race 2 – with light rain falling in certain sections of the track, Torres and De Rosa got away well from 20th and 21st place respectively, immediately making up several positions each. During the course of lap two, De Rosa was able to progress from thirteenth to tenth place, while Torres positioned eleventh, right behind his team-mate, by lap four. Lapping with similar lap times to each other, Raffaele and Jordi swapped places on lap nine, lying ninth and tenth mid-way through the race. Maintaining a constant pace all the way to the line, Althea BMW powered past the chequered flag in eighth place with Torres and tenth with De Rosa.
With two championship rounds left to run, Torres retains ninth place in the standings with 140 points while De Rosa has 45 points, and positions 16th.
“We were starting from the back of the grid and knew it would be tough, also because it started to rain right when we were on the grid. Through the first laps, I tried to understand the level of grip but think I lost too much time during the phases in which it was raining. It was a strange race, in mixed conditions, and I don’t feel that I gave 100% because with the rain I held back a little too much perhaps, not managing the race as well as I could have. We’ll take what we’ve learned here though and move on to Jerez…”
“I lined up for today’s race in last position but did my best to make a good start, immediately making up some places. I tried to get into my rhythm, which wasn’t easy given the rain, only light, but different in each section of the track. When Torres passed me, with a stronger pace, I tried to maintain my position and managed to do so, despite a few small errors. My feeling with the bike is gradually improving, and I hope to take another step forward at Jerez…”
“Definitely a tough race considering the conditions, but particularly due to the fact that we’re not yet able to effectively interpret the bike’s potential, which is not bad. We’re having some difficulties, especially over the first laps, and this then conditions the rest of the race. To be honest, I expected more of both riders; they clearly weren’t able to get the best out of the bike. They had problems but, having seen their lap times towards the end of the race, which were pretty good in fact, I believe that if they’d been able to make more of the central phase, they could have achieved better results. I think that both riders need to give a more concrete performance as of the next race.”