05.07.2019 A bright start for Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK rider Jordi Torres saw him sixth after FP1 at Donington Park, and finally end the opening day tenth, after the completion of FP2.
In pleasantly warm and dry conditions Torres was well on the early pace at a circuit he rates as one of his favourites, but is also one of the more challenging on the 13-round championship trail.
The track features a main section with significant changes of elevation and relatively fast corners, while the final section needs almost a completely different bike set-up to handle the heavy braking and slow hairpin corners.
Jordi was only 0.750 seconds from the fastest rider Tom Sykes after the first two free practice sessions, but both he and the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK staff know there is still more to come if they can find an ideal set-up in FP3 on Saturday morning.
The Donington track itself has undergone some resurfacing in a few areas compared to last year. After a warm opening day in England the track temperatures in FP2 climbed to 43°C, adding another unexpected factor into the pre-race preparations.
On Saturday there is one more FP3 session before Superpole, and finally a 23-lap opening race, scheduled for 14.00hrs on Saturday afternoon, local time. Two more races, the short Tissot-Superpole race and then the second full distance race, will take place on Sunday 7 July.
Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions FIM Supersport World Championship riders Ayrton Badovini and Kyle Smith finished Friday’s action in seventh and 15th places respectively, from an entry list of 27 riders.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“Not bad today because this is a special track. I enjoyed it a lot because it is magical, but it is difficult. Also, in this championship there are a lot of British guys that ride like demons! But it has not been bad for us today. This afternoon we tried some different set-ups to understand which direction we have to work in to reach out set-up goals. We did not ‘catch’ what we wanted but tomorrow in FP3 we will start with another set-up and try another way based on our data from today.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“I am happy – especially about this morning – but also this afternoon when Jordi started quickly in the session and gave us very good feedback. Now we will work to be ready for the first race on Saturday. We will test something different on the bike and we hope to find something more for tomorrow. We missed out just a little bit and we want to close that gap to be ready for Race One.”