MV Agusta WorldSBK rider Jordi Torres completed his MotoGP debut in a challenging weekend at Aragon onboard Xavier Simeon’s Avintia Ducati.
After the uproar in Misano regarding the replacement rider Christophe Ponsson, Avintia and Dorna came to an agreement to sign Jordi Torres, a Spaniard for the Spanish round, after the Spanish bosses agreed to a procedure regarding signing replacement riders.
It was always going to be tough for Jordi Torres, who last rode in the MotoGP paddock in 2014, as the Barcelona rider got to grips with the GP16 and the Michelin tyres, especially after last weekends race in Portugal.
Jordi Torres ended the three opening practice session in last position but did show huge improvement as the day went on. Jordi’s fastest time out of the three came in FP2 where he was 1.8s faster than his earlier FP1 time.
Torres then qualified at the back of the grid but was only an impressive 0.637s off his more experienced Belgium teammate. With Yamaha’s woes, Torres was only 1.709s behind 9x world champion Valentino Rossi.
Torres’ main goal was to finish the race and build up experience on a MotoGP bike, and he did just that. Completing the MotoGP race 58s behind the race-winning Honda and only half a second behind his teammate Xavier Simeon.
Jordi Torres will be back out on track this weekend in Magny Course as the WorldSBK season prepared to come to an end.
Speaking to Speedweek after his MotoGP debut, Torres said: “My first Grand Prix in the MotoGP class was a very emotional experience. A dream came true and I enjoyed it every moment, It helped me to understand the tyre wear, how the bike changes over the distance and how you have to adjust your driving style with decreasing gasoline amount in the tank.”
It is still not clear whether or not we will see Jordi back on the bike in 2 weeks time when the MotoGP field head to Thailand for the first of three flyaway races but Torres “would like to have another driver in the race, but I’m still very happy. Now we have to wait and see if Tito will fly to Thailand or not. I am prepared for anything that is necessary.”
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