Italy will have one more thing to smile about from the Jerez round, because the Superbike category will see an extra rider on the grid. It’s Lorenzo Gabellini, who from the Spanish round onwards steps in to take the place of Jordi Torres, who was to have started his adventure with the Althea Honda from Jerez. All this, however, before Covid revolutionized the calendars, since now the commitments previously made by the Spanish rider in other championships (MotoE) are no longer compatible with the new Superbike world championship calendar.
Torres hands over to Lorenzo Gabellini from Romagna, the 21-year-old Italian Supersport champion of 2019 and already part of the Althea Racing Team in the 2020 Italian Superbike championship. In the first round, which took place at the Mugello circuit on the weekend of 4/5 July, Lorenzo took his CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP to a whisker from the podium in Race 1 with fourth place and wrapped up the top 5 in Race 2.
"Racing in the Superbike World Championship has been my dream since I was a child – said Gabellini - and obviously now I'm very happy and excited that my dream has come true, something for which I wish to thank Genesio Bevilacqua and Midori Moriwaki. This opportunity came unexpectedly but I am ready to work hard to deserve it and to grow in the MIE Racing Althea Honda Team and with the Honda. It is a great challenge, but I am ready and looking forward to it".
Satisfaction also for Genesio Bevilacqua, who one year on from Alessandro Delbianco, is ready to bring another young Italian rider onto the world scene: “Lorenzo Gabellini is a talented young rider. The situation generated by the pandemic has opened up this unexpected opportunity for Lorenzo, and I am confident that he will be able to showcase his talent, determination, sporting spirit and professionalism. I thank Midori Moriwaki for creating this opportunity, in line with the true collaborative spirit shared by Althea Racing and MIE Racing”.