BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Civita Castellana, Italy, 25/11/2015, FIM Superbike World Championship
A new BMW customer team will compete in the FIM World Superbike Championship in 2016: the Althea BMW Racing Team. The team from Civitta Castellana, Italy, will field two BMW S 1000 RRs. They will be ridden by Spain’s Jordi Torres and Germany’s Markus Reiterberger.
Althea Racing has been competing in the World Superbike Championship since 2008. The team and General Manager Genesio Bevilacqua enjoyed its biggest success so far in 2011, when Carlos Checa won the Riders’ World Championship.
Twenty eight-year-old Torres contested his first season in the World Superbike Championship in 2015, claiming one race win and a further three podium finishes. Twenty one-year-old Reiterberger will compete in his first full season in the pinnacle of production-based motorcycle racing in 2016. He has made three wildcard appearances so far and, having won his second title in the International German Championship SUPERBIKE*IDM, will now be a regular rider in the World Championship.
The Althea BMW Racing Team is an independent privateer team, which receives technical support from BMW Motorrad Motorsport. A two-year contract to this effect has now been signed. The specialists at HP RaceSupport will support the team with its expertise and technical know-how, and will cooperate with the team throughout the season. BMW Motorrad Motorsport supplies the BMW Althea Racing Team with engines and electronics.
Everything else is the responsibility of the team. This includes the development of the bike and riders over the course of the season. The privateer team is responsible for all sporting, commercial and logistical aspects of its involvement in the World Championship. Jan Witteveen is Technical Director of the Althea BMW Racing Team. The Dutchman has been a permanent fixture in the highest classes of international motorcycle racing for decades. He is responsible for the further development of the RR, coordinates the team’s engineers, and maintains contact with the experts in Munich. The team and HP RaceSupport technicians were in Jerez this week, where they completed the first shakedown with the BMW S 1000 RRs.
“I’m delighted to be cooperating with BMW Motorrad Motorsport,” said Bevilacqua. “Each team member is fully committed to this new challenge. With the shakedown of the new bikes we took the first small steps on what will be a long journey. I’m very much looking forward to repaying the trust that BMW Motorrad Motorsport has put in my team in the form of good performances on the racetrack during the 2016 season.”
“Our two riders, Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger, have already showed they are fast and consistent,” continued Bevilacqua. “Jordi was named rookie of the year in the WSBK Championship 2015 and had already won the CEV Championship twice before entering the WSBK Championship last year. ‘Reiti’ has also won two titles in the German IDM. He is a young and talented rider, and marks the return – at last – of a German rider to the World Superbike Championship.”
The Althea BMW Racing Team will also field a BMW S 1000 RR in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000). It will be ridden by Italy’s Raffaele De Rosa.