16.03.2019 – After the first 20-lap WorldSBK battle under a hot sun in Thailand Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions rider Jordi Torres finished within a fraction of a second of a top ten points score.
In finishing 11th Torres was part of the three-rider train across the finish line, with another rider just one second behind. A new signing for the team in 2019, Jordi earned five points today, placing him equal 12th in the championship standings, with two more Thai races to go on Sunday 17th March.
Taking place shortly before the first race of the weekend in Buriram, Superpole qualifying placed Jordi15th on the grid, meaning he made up four places during the race.
The first race was held in air temperatures of 35°C and marginally less hot track temperatures of 47°c compared to the first day of free practice on Friday.
The sizzling asphalt would eventually have an effect on tyre life and Torres finally had to surrender the tenth place he had held for nine laps with just three laps to go. Jordi rode with full determination to score as highly as possible and now looks forward to two more races on Sunday, including one ten-lap sprint race.
In WorldSSP Superpole qualifying Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions’ Ayrton Badovini was tenth with 1’37.877, just one place behind the official Kawasaki machine of 2017 World Champion Lucas Mahias. The Italian rider’s performance has certainly rewarded the great work that the whole team has done to optimize the performance of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R. The pace on the fast lap was noteworthy and although Badovini is not specialized in qualifying laps, he showed great determination that adds motivation for Sunday’s race.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“It was very hard here with hot conditions, but finally we finished in a good position. We started very fast and started to overtake some riders at the beginning. Today the bike was the same as yesterday in some ways but the team worked very well with the chassis and suspension. These are the points that we can improve right now. In the straights, it seemed like Leandro Mercado and me, lost a lot compared to most of the rest of the grid. We knew that this race would be very hard. We had to push both front and rear tyres but try not to spin, to make a lot of traction, to push a lot in the first metres out of the corner because we know we lose in the straight. The tyres were OK but because we had to use both of them so much in the last three or four laps, they started to slide, front and rear. We managed this very well with control from the ECU. Step-by-step we are happy, we got a lot of useful information and tomorrow maybe we can improve a little.”
Ayrton Badovini #86 – Rider:
“Tissot Superpole was ok, we manage to end in the first 10 positions that was our first target for today. Between free practice and qualifying we make a great step forward, I feel really good on the bike and I start to ride quite fast. Our rythm is good, I think that in tomorrow race we will have some fun and we try our best to reach an important result”.
Lucio Pedercini- Team Owner:
“We are happy because to finish the race like this was not so bad. We must work in some parts but in the end I think this is our position, trying to fight for the first ten finishing places. Here is bit like Phillip Island, where the track is not so easy, and for us this is another warm-up. I think we can be more competitive from the next round in Aragon. But for this first race of the weekend in Thailand I think this was good. I spoke with Jordi and there are some small problems we will try to solve now to try and improve things for tomorrow.”