Jordi TORRES (WorldSBK)
Place and date of birth:
Rubi, August 27th, 1987
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 73 Kg
Jordi Torres started his professional racing career in the Spanish Championship, contesting the category reserved to Supersport bikes from 2003 to 2006.
He secured his maiden victory in Moto2 at the German GP in 2013. He was third in Australia and second at the Valencian Community’s GP. Torres ended the season in tenth place at 128 points.
In 2015 he switched to the Superbike World Championship riding an Aprilia RSV4 RF run by Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils. Torres kicked off the season with good results, improving gradually up to securing the podium of the Italian GP in Imola, in Malaysia and in Spain, before winning Race 1 at the closing Qatar’s Grand Prix. He closed the season in fifth place of the world championship resulting the best rookie of the year with 247 points.
In 2016 he contested the Superbike World Championship on a BMW S1000 RR run by team Althea BMW Racing ending the season in sixth place at 213 points and being the best BMW driver.
In 2018 Torres moved to MV Agusta Reparto Corse riding the only 1000 F4 entered in the World Superbike Championship. During the season he replaced the injured Esteve Rabat on a Ducati Desmosedici run by team Avintia Racing at the GPs of Aragon, Thailand, Japan, Australia, Malaysia and Valencian Community in MotoGP.
Ayrton BADOVINI (WorldSSP)
Place and date of birth:
Biella, May 31st, 1986
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 65 Kg
Ayrton Badovini started competing on minibikes as a kid becoming Italian Junior Champion in 1996. In 2001 he left minibikes for an Aprilia Challenger 125 claiming P5 in the final classification at the debut. In 2002 he moved to four-strokes motorbikes in the single-make trophy reserved to Ducati 748s. He secured very good results winning two races and claiming the third place of the overall classification at the end of the season, being the best under 23 driver.
In 2003 he made his debut in the European Championship Superstock 1000 FIM on a Ducati 999S fielded by team Biassono R.T. EVR Corse. He was twenty-fourth in the overall drivers classification taking 7 points in the two closing races.
In 2006 he took part in the World Cup Superstock 1000 on the MV Agusta of team Biassono – Unionbike. Badovini obtained very good results in this season and claimed his maiden win at the Czech Republic GP in Brno, bringing the MV Agusta back to the victory in a world championship race 30 years after the win obtained by Giacomo Agostini in 1976 at the West Germany Grand Prix.
Badovini moved to the Superbike World Championship in 2008 switching to Team Pedercini on Kawasaki ZX-10R. The maiden season in the highest category for modified production motorbikes saw him closing 24th at 24 points. In 2010 he returned to Superstock 1000 FIM Cup riding the BMW S1000 RR of team BMW Motorrad Italia that was at the debut in the category. He won the title three races early, dominating the championship throughout with a final score of nine wins out of ten races. In 2012 he was confirmed at team BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet. In this season he claimed his maiden podium in the Superbike World Championship, when he was third at the British Grand Prix in Race 2. Badovini posted also the quickest lap of the race in that occasion.
In 2013 he started a new adventure among the fields of Team Alstare, on the Ducati Panigale 1199 at its debut. He was the best of the Ducati drivers.
In 2014 he took part in the Superbike World Championship starting from the Spanish GP in Aragon up to the United States GP in Laguna Seca, on a Bimota BB3 EVO, run by team Bimota Alstare – the same team he had been competing for in the previous season.
In 2016 Badovini took part in the Supersport World Championship starting from the Assen GP on a Honda CBR600RR of Gemar Balloons – Team Lorini. He was sixth at the end of the season with a final score of 86 points. In 2017 he returned to Superbike on Kawasaki ZX-10R run by team Grillini.
Badovini switched back to the Supersport World Championship in 2018. He became MV Agusta Reparto Corse by Vamag works driver and closed the season in eleventh place with 49 points.
Kyle David SMITH (WorldSSP)
Place and date of birth:
Huddersfield, 16 September 1991
Height: 166 cm
Weight: 60 Kg
Kyle starts racing at the age of seven in Spanish motocross where he gets his first successes, but soon goes on to road racing, winning the 2009 Kawasaki Ninja Cup in the Spanish Speed Championship. In 2013 he debuted in the Moto2 World Championship with a Kalex from the Blusens Avintia Team but his experience is not so positive. In the same year, however, he also began his experience in the Superstock 600cc with a Honda CBR600RR scoring a great victory at Jerez, finding himself immediately at ease with the series motorbikes.
In 2014 he switched to the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup always on Honda, and at the end of the season he closes eighth with two podiums in pocket.
In 2015 he continued his experience in Supersport returning to the Honda CBR600RR of the PATA Honda Team. He gets two podiums in Spain and in the Netherlands, but the moment to remember is his first World Supersport victory at the Qatar Grand Prix at the end of a perfect performance. Kyle closes the debut season in fifth place.
After such an important season he remains in Supersport again in 2016 but passes to the CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team. He wins two more times, in Assen and again in Quatar, a track that seems to enhance his rider skills. At the end of the season he is fifth, replicating the result of the previous year.
Also in 2017 he is at the start of Supersport, again on Honda but with the Gemar Team Lorini. The season is less brilliant than the previous ones, but closes however eighth after being highlighted in more than one occasion. Lorini confirms the engagement for 2018, but from the Czech Republic he returns with the CIA Landlord Insurance Honda. He came to the podium in Portugal and ended the season as the best Honda rider.
With the Pedercini Racing Team by Global Service Solutions Kyle returns on Kawasaki after ten years from the last time.