Jordi Torres replaces injured Julian Simon for British round
The runner-up in the Spanish Moto2 Championship 2010 and current leader of the provisional classification of the CEV (together with teammate Carmelo Morales) will ride as part of the Aspar Team in the next round of the MotoGP World Championship this weekend at the legendary Silverstone circuit.
Through the mediation of the LaGlisse team owner, Jaime Fdez-Aviles, his second rider in the team can ride a Suter with Dunlop tyres on the world stage.
The deal was closed on Wednesday afternoon and it was not until Thursday morning that the team has confirmed the involvement of Torres. Jordi immediately took a flight to the UK and is already at the circuit.
The layout of Silverstone is the great unknown of the world championship since the MotoGP class has raced only once there last season, so that the references and differences between riders is not as evident as in other circuits. Torres will try to take advantage of this fact, a rider with a spectacular fitness and capacity for learning and adapting extremely well.
For Torres this will be the second time to participate in a World Championship race. The first time was last season at the Catalan GP. In the race he nearly got into the points, achieving a creditable 17th place.
This brings Laglisse two riders who participate in the world championship. Carmelo Morales, who rihe remainder of the season in the G22 team of the Nieto brothers, replacing Rafaelle De Rosa, and Jordi Torres, who currently is only scheduled to participate in this weekend’s GP. Depending on the outcome of this race and the recovery speed of Simon, the participation could be repeated in 2011.
JORDI TORRES: “I want to thank the team of Jorge Martinez Aspar and Jaime Fdez-Avilés, my employer from the Laglisse team for this great chance they have given me and which I’ve been chasing since I started on bikes. I will try to make the most of this chance.”
JAIME FDEZ – AVILÉS, Gigaset Laglisse Team Manager
“We are excited about the opportunity they have given to Jordi, to prove what he can do. The two latest additions to the world championship show that there is talent in the CEV, a championship with very good riders, capable of fighting one on one in the world championship. I am proud to know that these two riders are in my team. At Laglisse we have fought for this to be possible and we are proud to see how the world championship has eyes on our championship. I wish good luck to both in MotoGP and I think the experience will be very good to win the title in Moto2, where Torres and Morales are the leaders of the standings.”
Source. Team LaGlisse