24.02.2019 – A Sunday tougher than expected prevented Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions to collect what would have been possible at Phillip Island (AUS) in the opening round of the MOTUL FIM World Superbike 2019 and FIM World Supersport Championship.
After the great sensations on Saturday and a result close to the top ten, further positive indications came from the warm-up and Jordi Torres (ESP) got on track for the Tissot Super Pole Race motivated to continue the performance growth of the Italian outfit on the #81 Kawasaki ZX-10RR.
The new, ten laps long, sprint race that will characterize all the rounds of 2019 awards some points for the classification and defines the top nine of race two’s starting grid. Torres pushed since the beginning and installed himself in P9 early on, engaging an exciting battle with Mercado (#36) and Razgatlioglu (#54). When the Catalan rider started tasting the great result, an error from Mercado, unfortunately, made the three riders fall at turn four, which messed up the race of Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions’ rider, who rejoined last and closed the race in this position.
Mechanics managed to fix the #81 Kawasaki ZX-10RR in time for race two and Torres lined up in P12 following the results of qualifying on Saturday. The Spanish rider tried to avoid contacts in the closing race but went wide to avoid Sykes (#66), who slowed down unexpectedly. This made Torres lose some precious seconds and did not allow him to close in on the pack, relegating the Catalan to P14.
The first race of the season in WorldSSP has been quite eventful and Ayrton Badovini (ITA) managed to run a linear race without taking unnecessary risks trying to collect as much data as possible to tune the new #86 Kawasaki ZX-6R to his liking. The decision taken by FIM and Dorna to adopt the flag-to-flag rules forcing riders to pit and replace tyres for safety reasons, made the race trickier and the Italian rider of Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions crossed the finish line in P15.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“Things unexpectedly turned out more complicated today, but this was our first race and we still have a few bits and pieces to adapt. There is still some important work to do on the bike and we need to keep pushing to get the results we want. Rivals are strong, but I am certain that we will be back stronger in Thailand”.
Ayrton Badovini #86 – Rider:
“The first race of the season is behind us, but I am not fully happy. We lost about 20s during the flag-to-flag and without this, we would have probably finished in the top 10. This is not the main thing of the weekend though. I am positive nevertheless, as the bike started being fast and the feeling on track was better today. This is important to continue the fight”.
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“We had tough luck today. Inexperience hit us in WorldSSP at the flag-to-flag, but we knew this was a breaking-in race and Ayrton’s lap times were good, which means the work done has been fruitful. The incident in the Tissot Superpole Race of WorldSBK stripped us of a deserved result, but Jordi confirmed a great pace in race two. The level is really high and there is no room for mistakes. We are happy for this overall positive weekend, we are aware there are things to improve which is something we already knew before Phillip Island”.
Giordano Mozzi – Team Manager:
“Not bad, we had a lot of fun and today we had a good chance to score a P8-P9 in WorldSBK with Jordi, displaying a good race pace and competitiveness. The second race has also been a bit unlucky, but we managed to put in great lap times especially in the second part, which makes us positive for Thailand. Badovini finally had the chance to ride a competitive bike in WorldSSP and this means that the whole team worked in the right direction”.
The season of Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions will resume with the Pirelli Thai Round at the Chang International Circuit, Buriram – Thailand, next March 15 – 17th.