April 4, 2016

A very positive week end for the Althea BMW Racing Team. In Superstock 1000, De Rosa scored his first podium of the season, finishing third.

Superstock – Race – De Rosa started from sixth on the grid but the race was stopped at the end of lap one when a mechanical breakdown for a rider left oil on the track. The race soon restarted, though shortened to just eight laps. As the race began, De Rosa held sixth place through the first turns before making up two places through the first three laps to position fourth at the mid-race point. Able to make another step in the final stages, the Althea BMW rider earned himself a place on the first Superstock 1000 podium of the 2016 season, crossing the line in third position overall. After this opening race, De Rosa is third in the standings, having earned 16 points at Aragón.


Raffaele De Rosa - “The weekend finished well, considering how it had started. I made some mistakes in qualifying which prevented me from scoring a better grid position. The race wasn’t easy as, cut to just 8 laps, it was more of a sprint. The key was to stay focused. I lost a position at the start and had a little trouble passing two of my rivals but then I was able to find my rhythm and run a good race. I’m only sorry that, with such a short race, I couldn’t reach the two leaders and fight with them but today I’ll settle for third… and we’ll see each other at Assen in a couple of weeks…”

 Genesio Bevilacqua - “A very positive weekend that brought us great satisfaction.  A fantastic third place for De Rosa, who I believe could have done even better if the the race hadn’t been red-flagged as I think this ruined his race strategy, with the race shortened to just eight laps. Third is nevertheless a positive result and good for the championship. I thank the entire team, the BMW engineers and particularly Bertie Hauser who was here with us this weekend.”


Supersport - Unlucky race for Kyle Smith, who started from the grid in 18th position,  comes back with difficulty finishing 11th.