Althea BMW Racing Team efforts led by Torres in Thailand, with German colleague also in top ten
Race 2 at the Motul Thai Round saw Althea BMW Racing Team rider Jordi Torres score a solid fifth place result, whilst the Spaniard’s German colleague Markus Reiterberger also crossed the finish line in the top ten.
At the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, in a Sunday race conditioned by both the sweltering temperatures and a red flag, Torres crossed the line ahead of Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) who was charging back up the field in the shortened 16-lap restart.
More good points added to Torres’ seventh place in Race 1 to put him seventh in the general standings after four races.
“I tried to push on the limit on every lap and it is very, very difficult to go on in that way, but finally we finished the race with a good result, we got a lot of points and also we got a lot of information that we can use at MotorLand Aragon,” stated Torres.
He also commented, “In the first ‘heat’ we started well and I was making good progress so it was pity about the restart after (Lorenzo) Savadori crashed because we were in fifth place at the time. After the restart, from seventh, I started to push and got into a really good rhythm, getting past several riders. I gave 100% in the race as I knew Davies was closing in on me at the end, and we were able to finish fifth, a great result, which I’m very pleased with.”
His BMW teammate Reiterberger was 14th in Race 1 and then finished tenth on Sunday, to put him 12th in the overall standings with 15 points after two rounds of the 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship.
“At the end of the race I was quite positive and it was much more easy to ride the bike,” reflected Reiterberger. “I was quite fast but I’d lost too much time in the first two or three laps. I made a mistake on the first corner and I went wide, so I lost time. Also on one lap behind (Randy) Krummenacher he was losing water from the bike I think, I was a little bit scared and I took some speed out. That was maybe the problem, in the end I felt ok but I lost the race in the first few laps.”