Xavi Fores will take the place of James Toseland and ride for the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team in the last three races of the 2011 World Superbike Championship season. James was forced to retire from racing because of a wrist injury. Xavi, the 25-year-old Spaniard, won last year’s Spanish Stock Extreme 1000 Championship on a BMW S1000RR for Team Motorrad Competicion and is currently racing in the 2011 series.
“Considering the short amount of time we have before next weekend’s race in Imola, his experience riding a BMW S1000RR is important. As a matter of fact, having already raced with this motorcycle, Xavi is already familiar with many of its characteristics; and it should therefore be relatively easy for him to adapt to our motorcycle,” said Serafino Foti, Sports Director for the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team.
Fores was born in 1985 and began his competitive sports career in 1992 with the mini bikes. In 1999, he won the single-brand Aprilia competition in the 50cc category and placed second in the 125cc category. In 2000, he made his debut in the CEV 125 and placed 15th at the end of the championship.
In 2003, Fores took part in the CEV Supersport, where he placed third the following year. In 2005 he rode a Suzuki in the Supersport World Championship. In 2009, he raced in the FIM Cup Superstock 1000, while last year, aboard a BMW S1000RR, he won the CEV Stock Extreme.
According to Serafino Foti, “Xavi is a young rider with a fairly good amount of experience both with four-stroke motorcycles and with international competitions. He has demonstrated that he can be both fast and consistent. Last year in the CEV Superstock Extreme he won six of the seven races in the championship.”