The Althea Racing BMW squad makes its first test at Jerez with their new line-up of Markus Reiterberger and Jordi Torres. Reiti is no stranger to a BMW after his stellar IDM career but Jordi Torres – in leathers with the Aprilia logos obscured – was having his very first taste of an in-line four BMW.
“This will be my first time on the bike,” affirmed Torres, who won his first WSBK race in the final round of 2015, his own rookie season in the Superbike series. “It is a new experience for me this - the team, the bike, the in-line four engine, all things are different. Now we are starting to catch the feeling of the bike and start to work.
The Althea squad can expect more support from BMW than most, it appears, and Torres confirmed that those signs were visible at this test. “At the moment we have a lot of people from Germany here, and this is for sure positive,” he said. “At the moment BMW is in the team to make a big evolution with this bike but we need to wait for the first race to see how the level of the BMW support is. More support is better to make bigger steps.”
Althea’s own technical side is bolstered this year by the appearance of former Aprilia GP chief, Jan Witteveen, who will also play the role of link-man on technical items back to BMW.