21.06.2019 – In what is a second and final home round of the 2019 season for Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions, Jordi Torres finished up 14th overall after two WorldSBK Free Practice sessions held in high temperatures at Misano.
Torres, who is now halfway through his first season with the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK squad, could not find enough rear drive grip in FP1 and FP2 to challenge inside the top ten today.
Jordi was to finish 14th from 22 riders, as he also found the lack of rear traction during corner entry held back his ideal lines when exiting the many consecutive corners at Misano.
At 4.226km long Misano is one of the shortest and most intense on the calendar, even before the effects of the high summer sun lifted track temperatures to almost 50°C on Friday afternoon.
There is one more FP3 session to take part in before Superpole qualifying on Saturday at 11am, followed by the first 21-lap race of the weekend at 14.00hrs.
As is now routine for the teams and riders, Sunday will host two races; one ten-lap Superpole Race and then the second full distance event, again starting at 14.00hrs.
Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions FIM Supersport World Championship riders Ayrton Badovini and Kyle Smith made more than respectable early showings in a field of 34 riders. Ayrton ended his opening day at Misano ninth, less than a second from the leader, with Smith 12th overall.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“I felt we did not have enough rear grip today. We could not enjoy the potential of our engine as we could not put the power to the ground and drive forward. Our issue was that when I touched the throttle the bike started to slide. I found this happening until I could pick up the bike completely and go straight. That did not allow us to push forward. Maybe in these hot conditions it is worse, because I started to slide too early. We are working to overcome this problem. Another thing we need to work on tomorrow is the corner entry. In these conditions we have a lot of movement from the rear in corner entry and it is difficult to have enough precision to calculate the exit line well. We will see how we go after we make some changes tomorrow.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“In hot track conditions at Misano we worked to try and give Jordi more grip from the rear of the bike. That and some other aspects of set-up are still a work in progress. But I am confident that the changes we will make tonight will give us some improvements in FP3 tomorrow, enough to allow Jordi to compete well in the first race on Saturday.”