Althea Racing confirm BMW and Torres

Althea Racing have confirmed they are switching to BMW for the 2016 World Superbike season with Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger on board the S1000 RR machines.

The former World Championship winning team is undergoing a major overhaul ahead of the 2016 campaign.

Not only have they opted to swap Ducati for BMW but the Italian outfit has also brought in two new riders in Torres and Reiterberger.

Torres, who raced for Aprilia in 2015 securing four podiums including a victory in Qatar, is relishing the new challenge.

"The option to race with a team a professional as Althea Racing and with such a significant brand as BMW motivates me," he said.

""It motivates it because, we know there is work to do both for the team and myself, but we know that the BMW is a competitive bike and that there is so much room for improvement with it.

"That will be the objective for 2016: make a big step forward with the BMW and the team and gel well for a smooth and successful partnership. From that point onwards, we'll be looking for the smoothest and most appropriate route to taking this bike to success."

"There is pressure on me to perform, of that there is no doubt. At Aprilia we knew the bike I had was very good and I didn’t have such a responsibility of needing to develop it quite so much. If anybody had that pressure, it was my team-mate Leon (Haslam) and not so much me, as I was in my first year of WorldSBK.

"Now it's my turn. It’s my turn to develop a machine and I see that as a positive thing. I have matured a lot as a rider and learned a lot of new things. Plus, it’s a new project for me."