11.05.2019 – After recording the top Independent Team performance in Superpole qualifying Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions rider Jordi Torres had high hopes for a similarly strong race result, until a small technical issues held him back in an eventual 11th position on his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR #81.
In sunny and mild temperatures at the classic parkland circuit of Imola Jordi and his team found a set-up that gave him all the front end confidence he was missing on Friday. He used it to good effect in Superpole qualifying and finished ninth, the top Independent Teams’ performance. Jordi even thought that it was possible to go two or three tenths of a second faster using the qualifying tyre, had he pushed a little harder.
In the race itself, held over 19 laps of the 4.936km long track, Jordi started brightly and was in eighth position for three laps. Once the top-end misfire arrived Jordi had to change his approach to minimise the effects and he finally took a battling 11th place and five more valuable championship points.
Now the Superbike arm of the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions squad will prepare for a potentially wet Sunday, which will feature one ten lap race and then one full distance 19-lap race, whatever the weather conditions turn out to be.
The Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP team took part in their own Superpole qualifying session today, with Ayrton Badovini in eighth place and just one position behind one of the official Kawasaki riders. Kyle Smith made progress from a tough Friday to finish 18th in Superpole.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“The weekend was going good because today we made a big step with the front end and I think we set the bike up very well for this track. Yesterday we were a little lost and we changed it a lot today. I felt a lot more comfortable with the set-up. I think we were the top independent team in Superpole and that is not bad because I was happy with the bike. But the most important things are the races. During the race at the beginning we started to see some issues with the electronics and it interrupted the power. I tried to change gears earlier in the rev-range to keep the momentum but if I tried to go up with the revs it started to misfire. We took some points today but at the middle of the race I had considered pulling in. But we finished and scored some points.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“After finding a good set-up on the bike today Superpole was very positive and we were happy and confident for the race. Unfortunately Jordi had a problem with the electronics and we will find out what it was now. This is racing sometimes. At the beginning of the race it was good but then the problem arrived and we will try to solve it for tomorrow.”