The Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils squad ends the 2015 season with a double.
Leon Haslam and Jordi Torres won a race apiece last Sunday at the Losail International Circuit, in what was the final day of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship. Both riders had to graft hard to come out victorious, as Torres rode way beyond the limit to keep 2015 Champion Jonathan Rea behind him in the first encounter, while Haslam took advantage of a last-turn mistake by fellow Briton Chaz Davies to slip through for victory.
Haslam’s win was the second of his season after the success by the former WorldSBK runner-up in the opening round at Phillip Island, while the debut victory for Torres in Race 1 was the icing on the cake of an excellent rookie year, which saw the Spaniard on the podium four times.
Leon Haslam: “We knew that the Aprilia would be fast here, even if my weekend didn't get off to the best of starts. We worked hard to get back on track but unfortunately in Race 1 I had some trouble braking that caused me to stress the system as well as my arm, which suffered in the second part of the race. The changes we made before Race 2 turned things completely around. The RSV4 was working great and it wasn't difficult to maintain a good pace. I kept on attacking down to the end when I pushed hard to finish my season the way it had begun. We've had our ups and downs this season but we never let up. This win is the just reward.”
Jordi Torres: “I am really happy about the win in Race 1. Not only because of the personal result, which is fantastic, but for my team. I have found a second family with Aprilia. The guys worked hard all season to help me grow and learn the many new lessons of this championship. I knew I had a good pace, but I was sure that my rivals would not give up. At the last turn I expected Rea to attack and I decided to brake hard, staying on the inside. Incredibly, he braked even harder, but I had a better line and that let me stay ahead of him. Winning after a duel with the great names in the championship is something that I had always hoped for. It's a shame about Race 2. I didn't have the same feeling with the front and, pushing hard to stay in the lead group, I crashed.”