BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Rubí, Spain, 27/07/2016, FIM Superbike World Championship
In the 2016 season, Jordi Torres is the leading BMW rider in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). He appears regularly in the leading group with the BMW S 1000 RR from the Althea BMW Racing Team and is able to hold his own in competition against riders from the works teams. After nine of 13 race weekends, Torres is currently in seventh place in the world championship standings.
The 28-year-old started his career in the Spanish CEV championship, competing in various categories from 2001 onwards. In 2011 and 2012, he claimed the title in the CEV Moto2 class. 2011 also marked his debut in the Moto2 world championship, in which he continued to compete until 2014. In the following season, Torres switched to the Superbike World Championship. He recorded one win, four podium finishes and fifth place overall in his debut year.
In 2016 Torres is competing for the Althea BMW Racing Team for the first time. The 28-year-old is already well-known for his good mood around the paddock and has earned the nickname “Spanish Elvis” – thanks to his distinctive sideburns. In this interview, Torres reveals why his first contact with motorcycles was very painful, why he prefers to leave motocross well alone, and that he has an unusual quiet hobby.
Question: “When and why did your passion for motorcycles start?”
Jordi Torres: “When I was a six-year old kid my father raced pocket bikes in the Catalan championship. And I told him every weekend again and again that I also want to try it. One day he put an open face helmet on my head, gave me a pocket bike and showed me: ‘With this you accelerate, and with this you brake – okay?’. I started and opened the gas, but I did not know how to reduce the gas and how to brake. In the first corner I fell and suffered a bad cut at the chin – I still have the scar today. We had to hurry to the hospital to treat the injury. This was my first contact with a motorcycle (laughs). But my passion for motorcycles and racing comes from my family. My father not only competed on pocket bikes, but also rallied in cars. So racing was always a part of the family.”
Question: “What was your best moment so far on the BMW S 1000 RR in the WorldSBK?”
Torres: “I think that was when I finished fourth in Imola. This was the best result I have achieved so far this season. The most important thing for me was to see how happy my team was when we had this result. We are working on getting closer to the leaders step by step. I am confident, because I know that BMW has a big potential to be among the best.”
Question: “How do you get along with your team-mate Markus Reiterberger?”
Torres: “Reiti is the perfect team-mate, because he is young, has an incredible amount of talent and he knows the BMW S 1000 RR very, very well. For me it is good, because often when I think that I can’t go any faster, Markus puts out a lap that is even faster – and this helps me to push a little more, too. We always push each other.”
Question: “Who in the team or in your environment is the most important person for you?”
Torres: “In my team, I think the most important one at the moment is Valerio, the electronic expert from HP Race Support. He helps me a lot, the electronics play a crucial role in the overall package and he knows the BMW electronics very, very well. My crew chief decides what we do regarding set-up and in which direction we work, but, regarding the electronics, Valerio is the man.”
Question: “Are you superstitious in some ways?”
Torres: “I would not say so, but I have my routines. One of them is to sort all my gear so that I always put the right side first. This is my only ‘superstition’ – I am a normal guy.” (laughs)
Question: “What do you do when you are at home?”
Torres: “Every morning I train at the gym with my personal trainer, we have a strict plan that he gave to me to optimise my fitness. In the afternoons I go running or cycling, either with a road cycle or a mountain bike. But the running or cycling I do just three or four times a week. And when I have a weekend off, I ride some Enduro, Supermoto or Dirt Track. Just those three – I don’t do Motocross. Because first I don’t know how to jump, I don’t know how to control the bike in the air and I think it is easy to get injured when you make a little mistake in the air.”
Question: “What sport would you prefer if you were not racing bikes?” Torres: “I think it would have anything to do with cycling, because I love that, too.”
Question: “And do you have any interests that are completely different to racing?”
Torres: “Oh yes, I love fishing. Sometimes I go fishing with my friends at night and we sit there, talk a lot and save the world (laughs). I also like to play video games, and with my friends we often race with radio-controlled cars. I have too many hobbies and too little time.”
Question: “What would you do if you were not a race rider?”
Torres: “Maybe I would have my own team or work with the Spanish TV. I have many friends and know a lot of people, and maybe this will help me to do something like that in the future when I stop racing.”
Question: “What advice would you give to young talents who want to be a race rider, too?”
Torres: “The most important thing when children learn to ride bikes is to believe in yourself. Focus on one direction you want to go in, concentrate your work on this and go there step by step. Don’t take drugs and don’t do too much partying, because this hinders you in doing your work properly. You always have to keep a clear mind to achieve your objectives. And don’t forget: all top riders work very hard between the races to stay at the top.”