Monterey (USA), Sunday 9 July 2017
Round eight of the 2017 Superbike World Championship has concluded at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and it proved to be a day to forget for the Althea BMW Racing Team, after both Jordi Torres and Raffaele De Rosa crashed out of race two.
Superbike - Race 2 – fourth on today’s race grid, Torres was lying fifth through the first corners. Doing all he could to stick with those ahead of him, the Spaniard was in sixth position when unfortunately, on lap seven, he suffered a crash, finding himself on the ground with no chance to continue his race.
The same outcome for De Rosa today. 14th off the line, he immediately made up a position and began to get into a rhythm. On lap four however he too fell victim to a crash that, though innocuous, prevented him from carrying on.
After eight of thirteen championship rounds, Torres lies ninth in the standings with 94 points while De Rosa has 30 points, placing 18th. The championship now takes a break with the next round scheduled to take place from 18-20 August at the Lausitzring in Germany.
Jordi Torres: “We started well and were up there, in fourth place. Then Davies and Melandri came along and I lost a little ground. I was doing my best to defend my position and build confidence with the bike that was working better compared to yesterday, but then at turn one I went to downshift, missed the last gear and was thrown to the ground. We’re disappointed of course but will work during the holidays to be prepared for the Lausitzring."