07.06.2019 – Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK rider Jordi Torres started his second home race weekend of the year in overall 12th place, losing some track time after experiencing electrical issues with his bike.
The 4.423km Jerez circuit is a well-known circuit for Spanish rider Torres but he could not quite bring all his experience to bear on the opening day with his Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK squad.
Two separate electrical issues trimmed some available track time in FP1 and then early in FP2, but 12th place overall in the timesheets saw Jordi just one position behind one of the official Ducati machines.
The warm weather conditions in Spain, after overnight rains, provided a dry and grippy track to work with. Despite this high grip level Jordi felt just a little lack of confidence when at absolutely maximum lean in the middle of corners. This held back his final push for a very quick lap time on Friday but he still has the final FP3 session to take part in before Superpole qualifying, and then the first 20-lap race of the weekend, on Saturday afternoon at 14.00hrs.
As is now traditional in 2019, Sunday will feature two races, one ten-lap Superpole Race and then the second full distance event, again starting at 14.00hrs.
Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions FIM Supersport World Championship riders Ayrton Badovini and Kyle Smith both kicked off their race weekends inside the top ten. In a field of 28 riders, Kyle was ninth and Ayrton tenth under a warm Spanish sun, as they made their main preparations for Sunday’s 19-lap race.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“Today we had some electrical problems with the bike. This morning we had some issues that meant we could not finish FP1. In FP2 we could not start at the beginning of the session. We have a new bike this weekend – the frame and swingarm – and there are many things to control. We have to make sure everything is in the correct way, as before. We also had some chatter from the front. I do not feel the track is too slippery, it feels pretty good as the asphalt is new, but at the apex when I try to reach the maximum lean angle, maybe I feel some movement from the front.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“The problems we had today were electrical, the battery maybe in the first session. The power went lower, which switched everything off and the bike stopped. We are not completely sure right now but it is an electrical thing. Otherwise we were not bad. Jordi does not feel the bike turning well in the corners right now, so we must work on his setting in FP3 tomorrow for race one. We will be ready.”