Raül Torras Martinez

Name: Raül Torras Martinez

Date of Birth: September 5th 1976

Place of Birth: Sant Hilari Sacalm, Girona, Spain

Nationality: Spanish

Races competed: MX & Flat Track, Supermoto, Road Racing & Endurance

Twitter: @Torras49

Facebook: Raül Torras Racing

Getting into biking:

“I started racing MX in 1996, because I started work and I had the money. There was no tradition in motorbikes in my family so I had to start by myself, without help. In the first few months I had to keep the MX bike & gears at a friend’s house as my father would have been very disappointed if he knew. After some months, my parents were divorced, and I was able to let them know.”

First bike:

“My first bike was a moped at the age of 14; it was a PUCH X-10 49cc.”

Racing Icon:

“Kevin Schwantz; he used to say “I start braking when I see God”.”

Career Highlights:

“Winning the 24 hour SBK endurance race of Catalunya (2012), just 3 months after “destroying” my left foot in a MX test in which I needed two lots of surgery.”

Raül’s first appearance at the Isle of Man came in the 2016 Manx Grand Prix, where he placed 6th in the Newcomers A race and 23rd in the Senior MGP. This saw Torras take the step up to the TT the following year, making him the first Spaniard to race at the TT since Antonio Maeso in 2013. It was a more than successful first time appearance at the TT as he finished all three of his races – 29th in the Senior, 30th in the Superbike and 33rd in the Superstock – winning a bronze replica in each.

He set a fastest lap of 122.534mph to become the second fastest Spaniard around the Mountain Course and only narrowly miss out on bettering Maeso’s lap of 122.535mph set in 2010. Along with Maeso and Sergio Romero, Raul is one of only three Spanish riders to lap the Mountain Course at more than 120mph.

He returned to the island later in 2017 for the Classic TT but he was forced to retire from the Superbike race due to mechanical issues.

Favourite course/track:

“Isle of Man TT and the Mountain Course, of course! It’s awesome!”

Aspirations:

“To have fun with the bike… and be able to fight for a Top-20 at a 1000cc TT class.”

Career Achievements – at a glance:

  • 1996 to 2011: MX & Flat track. 2000 Girona MX Junior 250cc Champion, 2000 Girona Flat Track Champion, Silver Medal at 2003 MX World Police & Fire Games
  • 2003 to 2017 many SUPERMOTO races:
  • Catalan & Spanish C’ship, P3 at 2008 Spanish C’ship in Aprilia’s Cup
  • 2005 to nowadays in Road Racing: Spain’s Yamaha R1 Challenge, Mediterranean C’ship, Catalan C’ship, 13 times at 24h Endurance of Catalunya Circuit (2 times SBK winner, 2 times P2 in Stock 1000), 2006 Endurance amateur 600cc Champion
  • Sixth in the 2016 Senior Manx Grand Prix Newcomers race
  • 21st in the Senior Manx Grand Prix race
  • Made Isle of Man TT Races debut in 2017, finishing 30th in the Superbike race, 33rd in the Superstock and 29th in the Senior, lapping at more than 120mph in each and setting a new personal best lap of the Mountain Course at 122.534mph
  • Made North West 200 debut in 2016 – Supersport (25th and 29th)
  • 2017 North West 200 – Superstock (23rd) and Superbike (23rd) – fastest lap of 113.715mph

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