22.02.2019 – An overall ninth place in the first session and a remarkable ideal lap in WorldSBK marked day one of the opening weekend in the MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship and FIM World Supersport Championship for Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions at the circuit of Phillip Island (AUS).
The strongest results came from WorldSBK where Jordi Torres (ESP) has really bitten the Australian track on his #81 Kawasaki ZX-10RR, posting the overall ninth place in the first session and being not far off from official teams in 1’31.146s. The performance of the Catalan rider and the whole team is even more remarkable considering that the theoretical ideal time obtained combining the best sectors would have placed him in P6.
Ayrton Badovini (ITA) had a tougher day leading the #86 Kawasaki ZX-6R to the debut in WorldSSP, which is a new project for Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions as well as for Kawasaki. This is quite a technical and sporting challenge for the Italian outfit and the strong Italian rider struggled to find the right rhythm on track, especially in the first session. Things improved in the afternoon and the data collected will be crucial to define the most effective strategy for the weekend.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“I had a great feeling today in free practice, we ended high up the field and I am happy. We still have to keep working and push hard as things will get serious tomorrow though”.
Ayrton Badovini #86 – Rider:
“I am not completely happy about my day as we were not particularly quick, but things improved in the afternoon which makes me positive for tomorrow”.
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“We are very happy about the work completed in WorldSBK. The data collected in these free practice sessions match what seen in testing. The team is quite experienced in this category – we have been competing in this category since its first edition – and therefore is ready for the challenge, Jordi displayed a great competitiveness level and his technical skills helped us to improve the bike in every session. We were also quite ready to face the difficulties we are experiencing in the setup of the Kawasaki ZX-6R: this is our first year in the 600cc and we started with no baseline at all. In FP2 things went better for Badovini too and we had positive indications that show us the way to improve our performance”.
Giordano Mozzi – Team Manager:
“The first free practice day has been very interesting. Jordi posted the ninth time this morning, which is a great signal and proves how competitive we are in the different sectors and the great feeling that Torres has with our bike. We completed tyres testing in the afternoon working to find the right rubber for the races. We still have some difficulties in SuperSport as we need to improve the compatibility between the electronic and mechanic components of the bike, which prevented Badovini to show his full potential. The team is working hard to provide him with the competitive bike he deserves. We are positive, the weekend is going to be very interesting and we made good progress so far”.
The racing programme will resume tomorrow, Saturday, February 23rd with the first racing day. The third free practice session will be at 10:00 for the MOTUL FIM World Superbikes and at 10:35 (GMT +11) for the World FIM Supersports and will be followed by the Tissot Superpole for WorldSBK at 12:15 and for WorldSSP at 12:55. The first WorldSBK race of the season 2019 will get green lights at 15:00 (live in Italy on TV8 – Freeview CH8 from 4:45 Italian time).