News 26 Oct 2016

STK1000 champion De Rosa in for WorldSBK decider

Althea BMW team expands for final round of the season.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Althea BMW will enter three riders in this weekend’s final round of the 2016 Superbike World Championship in Qatar, as newly-crowned Superstock 1000 FIM Cup champion Raffaele De Rosa joins the expanded line-up.

Regular duo Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger will be joined this weekend by De Rosa, who has previously competed at the Losail Circuit in 2014. He did a one-off WorldSBK race at Laguna Seca earlier this season.

“I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s race, which I can face in a fairly relaxed manner, seeing as my own championship has already concluded,” De Rosa said ahead of Friday evening’s opening practice sessions of the round.

“Having said that, I would like to do well in Qatar, a track I’ve ridden at before, and so hope to be able to use the experience I gained riding the Superbike at Laguna. I’m really pleased to be able to take part in the final round at Losail and am looking forward to getting started on Friday.”