29.09.2019 – Jordi Torres rode well in each WorldSBK race at Magny Cours today to score points despite starting from the last row of the grid each time. The Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK rider is 11th in the championship with two rounds remaining.
In the first race of the final day in France, the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole ‘sprint’, Torres scored a point for 15th place after starting from 20th position – due to the wet Superpole qualifying session on Saturday.
In the 21-lap Race Two, the last of three French races in all, Torres found improved pace in the longer contest and finished a confidence-boosting tenth, despite having used up a lot of his best front tyre performance moving through the field.
Jordi felt he could have competed for one more position if he had more front tyre grip to use, but even then his tenth place today saw him 11th overall, just five points behind the rider immediately in front.
Next up for the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK squad is the first of two flyway races that will finish off the season. The 12th round will be held at the Villicum circuit in Argentina, between 11 and 13 October.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“This morning the race was fast and we tried to catch a good pace. We found it but it was not enough to go far ahead, and we finished 15th. I think this morning we looked for the limit. The long races are better for us because we can adjust the bike to suit long distance races, and we improved a lot in Race Two. We started P20 and finished P10 – that is not bad. I tried to make a fight with Camier in the last few laps but I think we ‘ate’ the tyre too much on the front.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Manager:
“It was a difficult weekend because yesterday in Superpole it was bad conditions for Jordi so he left the grid from the last position, But, he did a good race today and finished tenth, so it was not so bad. We hope to improve in Argentina.”
Podium for Badovini as Smith wins European WorldSSP title
29.09.2019 – Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP riders Ayrton Badovini and Kyle Smith each left the Magny Cours round of the WorldSSP championship with trophies in their possession this weekend.
The race in France was finally run over 12 laps, not the planned 19, after a red flag incident, in which three riders crashed simultaneously.
In the restart a third place podium finish for Ayrton was the culmination of strong team work and the experienced rider’s on-track capabilities all weekend. After qualifying well in wet conditions, with a front row start in third place, Ayrton set about the job of turning potential into a podium with relish.
He finished up just over a second from the race winner in the dry track conditions, only losing close contact with the leading two in the final laps.
Having secured pole position in wet conditions on Saturday, by over 0.8 seconds, Kyle was confident for Sunday’s race. Chatter held back his final result, even though he tried all he knew to stay in podium contention. He finished ninth, but still less than seven seconds from the race winner, Lucas Mahias.
Smith has now won the 2019 FIM Europe Supersport Cup, for riders who compete in just the European rounds of the championship – as Magny Cours was the final race of the season inside Europe. Kyle will join Ayrton again in the final two flyaway rounds of the season, however, but as a wildcard rider in Argentina and Qatar.
In the general WorldSSP championship standings Ayrton is now 10th and Kyle 16th.
The Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP crew will next race at the Villicum circuit, near San Juan in Argentina, with raceday on 0ctober 13th.
Ayrton Badovini #86 – Rider:
“It is good to be back near the top and I am even happier for my feeling on the bike and with the team. I am happy for today but not really, really happy because I selected an extra gear two laps from the end in the short corner and I lost the top two. But it was important to be so close to the first and we have been close every time, every session.”
Kyle Smith #11 – Rider:
“It has been a real difficult season at times, to be honest, and everything was set-up relatively late. But with Team Pedercini – here we are – European champions. It has been a long season and we have had some bad luck but we have made it in the end! We will be wild carding in Argentina and Qatar at the end of this season and we will carry on working there.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Manager:
“We had a very good race and we are very, very happy for both riders. Ayrton had a particularly good ride, scored a podium and fought for the win. Kyle had a problem after two laps with chatter but he wanted to finish the race, for the European championship points. The results are coming for us now after the work we did over the summer and we are happy for the future.”