07.07.2019 – With two opportunities to score points for his Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions squad on Sunday at Donington Park Jordi Torres was able to take his first chance and finished ninth in the Tissot Superpole race.
After starting from 11th on the grid Torres was in tenth place when a red flag was throw in the ‘sprint’ race. Several riders fell on a oil spill but Jordi stayed upright and was finally classified ninth after one rider was excluded for not getting back to the pits within the allotted time. Instead of the scheduled ten laps the race was officially ended after only seven.
The finale to the weekend was over too soon for Jordi and the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions staff as a technical issue going into Turn 11 on lap one of Race Two saw Jordi have to come into the pits and eventually retire from the race.
After a dry-wet-dry weekend in England, Jordi scored a point in Saturday’s wet opening 23-lap race, and he sits in an unchanged overall 12th position as the championship heads to America for the final round before the summer break.
Laguna Seca, with its hills and challenging sectors, is the next stop for Jordi and the WorldSBK wing of the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions racing effort.
The American race weekend will take place between 12 and 14 July, with no competitive track action after that point until the Portimao race, to be held between 6 and 8 September.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“In the short race we fought with other riders and I had fun, but on those two final laps I could have fought for another position. In the main Race Two we were only able to make one lap. We had an unexpected problem, a pity because it had started well and I had found a good place in the race. We are already thinking about Laguna Seca. Maybe it’s a circuit that can give us an advantage because I feel very good with the set-up of the bike”.
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“Top ten and points in the Sprint race was not so bad because some others were caught up in the oil spill. It could have been a very good result for Jordi and us in the final race but we were unlucky as there was a problem with an ignition coil, we think”.
Top Ten For Badovini At Donington
07.07.2019 – Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP riders Ayrton Badovini and Kyle Smith had contrasting fortunes on raceday in the UK, as Ayrton recovered to finish tenth but Kyle was forced out with a technical issue.
In Superpole qualifying on Saturday Ayrton was the second quickest Kawasaki rider, in sixth place from 27 riders. He therefore started the Sunday race from the second row of the grid.
Kyle had been second fastest in the wet morning FP3 session on Saturday, and tenth in the dry Superpole. He had lost some track time to a technical issue on day one, and had limited time to work with his team to find the best set-up for the 20-lap race as a result.
Ayrton found the early laps difficult with a full fuel load, but he recovered places to ride in 11th place for most of the race, taking a final tenth position on the last lap.
For Kyle, who had passed Ayrton in the early laps, bad luck was to strike and he was forced out of his home race with ten to go.
In the general WorldSSP championship standings Ayrton is up to 13th place and Kyle 18th. Smith still leads the ESS Championship standings.
With the WorldSSP riders not joining their WorldSSP colleagues at the Laguna Seca weekend, the next competitive action for Ayrton and Kyle will be at Portimao, between 6 and 8 September, after a long summer break comes to an end.
Ayrton Badovini #86 – Rider:
“During practice things were not so bad but during the race it was difficult. For the first five laps, with full fuel tank, it was really strange to brake into the corners and I lost a lot of positions. This was our biggest problem. Then I did my race pace like yesterday but it was not enough for a good race. I am sorry for my team because they worked a lot but I hope during the summer test we can try something new to increase our performance”.
Kyle Smith #11 – Rider:
“We had some technical problems on Friday and we missed a full session. It rained on Saturday but we have always been fast in the wet. In the morning warm-up I felt the best I have done on the bike all season but we made a few changes for the race that went in the wrong direction. I could not get the bike to stop like I wanted it to but I was holding a top ten pace until the bike had a technical issue and we retired”.
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“Ayrton had some problems after he qualified in sixth place and he lost some time early in the race. On the first lap he was 15th. He came back to a top ten finish but we expected a bit more here. Kyle, it seems like he had an engine problem while well in the points, which was really unlucky”.