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Superbike: Aprilia Takes on the Second World SBK Round at the Top of the Championship Standings

LEON HASLAM AND JORDI TORRES ARE DETERMINED TO CONTINUE THE WINNING STREAK BEGUN AT PHILLIP ISLAND.

Buriram (Thailand), 18 March 2015 – Aprilia is ready to tackle the second World Superbike Championship round that will be held from 20 to 22 March at the Chang International Circuit of Buriram in Thailand.

This will be the first time a world racing championship round has been held on the new Thai track which is 4554 metres long, designed by German Hemann Tilke.

The Chang International Circuit is located near the city of Buriram, more than 400 from the capital of Bangkok.

After a win and a second place finish at Phillip Island astride the world champion RSV4 and leader of the Manufacturer standings, Leon Haslam is keen to confirm his competitive edge on the new Thai track as well. In Australia the English rider showed that he has an excellent feeling with the Aprilia Racing – Red Devils team 2015 version RSV4 and that he is more than capable of taking advantage of its great potential. At Buriram Leon is also anxious to confirm his position at the top and maintain his leadership in the championship standings.

Leon Haslam: “I’m curious to see this new track that I’m told is characterised by two straight stretches a few slow turns. I’m expecting very high temperatures and a humid climate similar to Sepang, so I’ve been training and I’m ready to take on even difficult climates.  In Australia my feeling on the RSV4 was excellent and I hope it will be the same in Thailand as well. We’ll be working from Friday to find a setup suitable for this track and I hope to continue the positive trend we started at Phillip Island.”

Jordi Torres’ début in the Superbike championship can certainly be considered positive. The young Spanish rider showed that he can keep up with the front runners, a situation that was confirmed by his performance in the first race. In Thailand Torres, who is coming from the Moto2 class, will have to work to adapt his riding style to the powerful RSV4, but he will be able to count on all the experience and skill of the Aprilia Racing – Red Devils team.

Jordi Torres: “I’m usually a quick learner on new tracks and I hope that will be the case for the Chang International Circuit as well. From what we’re told it doesn’t seem to be a track with any particular characteristics, so more than learning the new track I’ll have to focus on my riding style, which I’m trying to adapt to the Aprilia RSV4. My maiden race in Superbike was positive, so I hope I’ll be able to do well here in Thailand as well.”