07.09.2019 – Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions Kawasaki competitor Jordi Torres enjoyed the status of top independent Kawasaki rider in the Tissot-Superpole competition before racing to 11th place in the first full race of the Portimao weekend.
Seventh place in Superpole was a positive boost to Jordi’s race one ambitions but a troubled start saw him go to 12th after just one lap. He rode on as hard as he could, experiencing some front end issues as he had on day one, and finished 11th.
In hot conditions Jordi and the team had opted to use the SCX rear tyre – somewhere between a race tyre and a qualifier – to see if it could help their ultimate performance over race distance.
On lap seven Jordi moved up one place as early podium-placed rider Tom Sykes fell, and Torres kept his pace up to finish 11th, just 0.215 seconds behind Michael Ruben Rinaldi.
Torres has two more chances to shine after making some set-up changes overnight, as he faces a ten-lap Tissot-Superpole race on Sunday morning and then a second 20-lap Race Two in the afternoon.
Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP rider Ayrton Badovini secured a sixth place grid position after Superpole, enough for a second row starting place. FIM Supersport European Cup leader Kyle Smith went ninth fastest in Superpole and will start the 18-lap WorldSSP race on Sunday from the third row.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“Superpole was not bad but we did not have too much pace this weekend so far. I was lucky on Superpole because we did the fast laps behind Haslam and this helped me a lot. But we knew did not quite have the pace of some guys around me. Also we tried the SCX tyre, in the rear, to see what would happen with that. Finally we learned that it was a good tyre but we had some problems with the front, similar to we had on day one”.
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“It was a very bad start for Jordi and then it was very difficult for him to overtake other riders like Rinaldi. We were happy after finishing seventh in Superpole this morning and now we hope for something better than today’s result in the races on Sunday”.