13.04.2019 – The scheduled first race of the Assen weekend was finally cancelled after two delayed starts, leaving Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions rider Jordi Torres ready to race inside the top ten, but with no race to compete in. A mix of very low track temperatures on a surface now wet from the effects of snow and sleet led the organisers to call a halt to Saturday’s race in the interests of rider safety.
Working in a backdrop of changing wintry weather conditions all of the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions staff were prepared for anything today but the only real result to take into Sunday came in the Tissot-Superpole qualifying session.
Superpole qualifying was red-flagged and halted early after two riders crashed, with Jordi finally ninth in the pre-race timesheets. He was later penalised for passing another rider under yellow flag conditions in Superpole, and had his fastest lap cancelled. This put him into tenth position on the grid, one row behind his previous ranking.
It was an eventful day for all at Assen, as winter returned to the north of The Netherlands for a short time and red flags came in more than one session after riders crashed on the cold track surface. Track temperatures in Superpole, for example, were just seven degrees.
Jordi and the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions crew will now face two full distance 21-lap races on Sunday, one to be held at 11.00hrs and one at 14.00hrs. This enforced change in schedule means that the ten-lap Tissot Superpole race will not take place at Assen.
WorldSSP Superpole saw Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions) 11th fastest, after a red flag interruption to the action after just a few laps had been completed. Kyle Smith was 16th fastest and will now line up on the sixth row of the grid. The Sunday WorldSSP race is scheduled to start at 12.15 and run for 18 laps.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“I received a penalty in Superpole but I don’t know why. I did not pass anyone. It is only a drop of one position but the worst thing is that it was one row. I think that we need to work a bit more in warm-up the set-up because our bike set-up is still a bit nervous, although we solved a bit of this today. Now when I enter in the corner I have a little bit of chatter and that does not give me a comfortable message. But for this race we changed the bike a lot and maybe tomorrow, in warm-up, we can make it more precise. Your performance is more competitive when you are calmer at these kinds of tracks. It looks like we will have Sunday like in the past tomorrow, with two longer races!”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“There isn’t too much to say. We were ready but we could not translate our determination on track today. Our Kawasaki is pretty good, and even in WorldSSP we are moderately satisfied, but the games will be made tomorrow. The conditions are surely unforeseen and they will reshuffle the cards, it is an anomalous weekend and it will be like this until the last lap of the last race”.