09.07.2019 – The Motul FIM World Superbike 2019 Championship is about to get on track for the last round before the summer break and Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions is gearing up to face the most exciting exit of the season on the legendary WeatherTech Raceway of Laguna Seca (USA) for the Geico US Round this coming weekend.
The team led by Lucio Pedercini will field the #81 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR of Jordi Torres (ESP) since only the WorldSBK will contest the American weekend, which is one of the much-awaited rounds by the fans on a track that does not need any introduction. The circuit is often quite dusty because it has been built close to the desert in Monterey. The Laguna Seca raceway features several up and downhill sections requiring rhythm and cool. Weather should stay dry and sunny and Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions aims to confirm the good things shown in the first part of the season and to collect further points ending within the top ten.
The Laguna Seca racetrack was opened in 1957 and is probably the most characteristic circuit of the United States as it staged challenges that are in the history of two and four-wheel motorsport. The most famous corner is the Corkscrew, that is considered as one of the most difficult and exciting chicanes worldwide. Its approach is completely blind and the altitude difference is of 18 meters in 137 meters only: simply impressive.
The lap is 3.610 meters long and features 11 bends: 4 right and 7 left-handers. The start/finish straight bends to the left towards the end and riders go through the first down-hill leading into the Andretti hairpin. The following sector is quite flowing and riders will have to face the Corkscrew after the Rahal Straight. The closing sector includes three quite important corners before rejoining the pit-straight.
The program will be more compact than usual as it will only have WorldSBK on track. The two free practice sessions on Friday will be at local 10:30 and 15:00 (GMT -7), while riders will run FP3 on Saturday at local 9:00, and the Tissot Superpole at 11:00, while the first race will be in the afternoon at 14:00. The warm-up will be on Sunday morning at 9:00 while the Tissot Superpole Race as usual at 11:00 and the second race at 14:00.
The official website www.worldsbk.com will show the Superpole and races in live streaming through the VideoPass service, while Italian fans could follow the Geico US Round on SKY Sport MotoGP (CH 208 SKY) and TV8 (CH 8 FreeView). SKY Sport MotoGP will show all the sessions live, while TV8 will cover live race one on Saturday at Italian 23:00 and Superpole and race two on Sunday at 20:00 (GMT +2).
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“Racing in Laguna Seca has always a special flavour. The American context is quite tied to Superbike. The affection and warmth of fans will be as exciting as the challenge on track. The features of this racetrack should suit us. It is important to end the first part of the season with a strong result, but we will try and get there step by step putting all our grit on track”.