Productive Portimao test for Althea BMW Racing Team rider
Coming off the back of a top six finish at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) was able to undergo a productive test on Monday, where he was able to work through three of his most important issues despite suffering from a small crash.
Torres came off his BMW S 1000 RR over the top of the hill at turn nine, which he put down to an electronics issue. But he was able to walk away unharmed from his crash, and spent the day focusing on launch control, his swing arm and grip with the Pirelli tyres. Testing some new compounds for the Italian tyre manufacturer, he was able to get a stronger grip through the apex of the corners on top of gaining a stronger exit from the corners.
Torres explains his day, which saw him finish in the top nine with a best lap of 1.43.692: “I am ok after the crash, I only have a little pain on my back. We spent the day trying different options with the rear tyre, some options I love because when we hit the apex I have more grip and I can exit better. The most important thing we looked at is the launch control, today we tried a different system of launch control because we lose more time in the beginning of the races. We also looked at being able to turn better when we are at our maximum angle, as well as the swing arm. But mainly we need to work harder to be competitive for the consecutive races.”
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