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Next stop Portugal for the Althea BMW team

Althea BMW Racing Team 12-09-2017

Rome (Italy), Tuesday 12 September 2017

The Althea BMW Racing team returns to the track this weekend for round ten of the Superbike World Championship, which will take place at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve close to Portimao, in Portugal.

Three weeks ago, the Italian team was at the Lausitzring, where it scored mixed results with its SBK riders Jordi Torres and Raffaele De Rosa and Stock1000 rider Marco Faccani. All three riders are keen to do more at the stunning Portuguese track, characterised by its dramatic undulating layout.

The Superbikes last visited Portimao in 2015, when Torres scored a best result of seventh in race 2. De Rosa reached the podium in the Stock1000, third, while Faccani, racing in Supersport at the time, finished twelfth.

Jordi Torres: "The Portimao track is not one of my favourites but that’s probably because I have very little experience there, having only raced there once in 2015. We’ll see what happens… it’s a fun layout but with characteristics that mean it’s a tough one for the BMW, with all the undulation. We need to work hard in order to be well prepared…”

Track Information:

Country: Portugal
Name: Autódromo Internacional do Algarve
Length: 4.592 km
Pole position: right
Turns: 15

2015 SBK RESULTS: Race 1 - 1. Rea (Kawasaki); 2. Sykes (Kawasaki); 3. Davies (Ducati). Race 2 – 1. Rea (Kawasaki), 2. Giugliano (Ducati); 3. Haslam (Aprilia).

SBK RECORDS: Best lap – Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'42.475 (2013). Superpole – Sykes (Kawasaki); 1'41.360 (2013).
 

Weekend schedule (CET -1):

Friday
9.15 – 10.00 – STK1000 Free Practice
10.15 – 11.15 – SBK Timed Practice 1
13.30 – 14.30 – SBK Timed Practice 2
16.00 – 16.45 – STK1000 Free Practice
 
Saturday
9.05 – 9.30 – SBK Free Practice
10.15 -  10.45 – STK1000 Free Practice
11.00 – 11.15 – Superpole 1
11.25 – 11.40 – Superpole 2
15.00 – SBK Race 1
16.00 – 16.30 – STK1000 Qualifying
 
Sunday
9.25 – 9.450 – STK1000 Warm-up
9.50 – 10.05 – SBK Warm-up
13.15 – STK1000 Race
15.00 – SBK Race 2