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APRILIA WSBK – Jerez Race

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TWO APRILIAS ON THE PODIUM AT JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
 
IN RACE 2 JORDI TORRES FINISHES SECOND AHEAD OF LEON HASLAM
 
LORENZO SAVADORI JUST ONE POINT FROM THE TITLE IN THE SUPERSTOCK 1000 FIM CUP

Jerez, 20 September 2015 – The Superbike weekend at Jerez de la Frontera ended with to Aprilia RSV4 machines on the podium.

In Superstock 1000 FIM Cup just one point separates Lorenzo Savadori and his Team Nuova M2 Aprilia from the championship title after taking third in the race today.

In Superbike home town hero Jordi Torres, who started the race from the second row, had some difficulties braking in Race 1 from the first laps, ending up in the middle of the pack and having to settle for a twelfth place finish. Leon Haslam made a great comeback, starting from the twelfth spot on the grid and crossing the wire in fifth place.

In Race 2 the Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils riders got off the line well when the lights went out, with Jordi in third and Leon in fifth. Without pushing too hard on a boiling hot track, they maintained a consistent pace looking after their tyres carefully. This was a factor which, from the midrace point on, allowed them to overcome their adversaries until moving into second place for Jordi Torres, followed by team mate Leon Haslam. There was no lack of excitement in the final moments with Leon braking hard in an attempt to overtake, an unsuccessful but highly spectacular move.

Jordi Torres: “I’m very happy about the result in Race 2. I really wanted to do well here at home. The team worked perfectly and I gave 100% every time I went out on the track. From about midrace on I had to change my riding style a bit to accommodate tyre wear. With this heat it was very difficult but in free practice we worked on the settings precisely in consideration of this problem. In Race 1 I got off the line well but in the first turn I shifted into neutral and ran on. I tried to recover but I just didn’t have the right feeling with the front brake and I had to settle for collecting some championship points.”

Leon Haslam: “The conditions in Race 2 helped us out. We worked to solve yesterday’s problems and we were successful. If I was sure after FP3 that I could win, after Superpole I would have been happy with a podium, given my position on the starting grid. I managed to get off the line well and come back in both races, but in the first I was struggling coming out of the slow turns. In Race 2 we corrected this problem but the podium still wasn’t easy since after 9 laps the tyres had already begun to deteriorate and it would have been easy to make a mistake. I’m pleased with this podium. I hadn’t been there since Misano and having two Aprilias up there is well-deserved satisfaction for the team.”