2019.10.11 – Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK rider Jordi Torres came close to a top ten finish after the first Free Practice sessions of the Argentinean race weekend, despite this being his first visit to the 4.276km long circuit. Jordi was finally 11th after negotiating what was a very dirty and dusty track surface in two 50-minute sessions.
The penultimate round of the 2019 championship started in challenging circumstances with a sandy track surface that appeared to offer little in the way of improved grip as the day progressed and a cleaner line appeared. Hot track temperatures of 48°C did not help Torres in the afternoon, who has never raced at this venue before.
Jordi and his crew found 1.3 seconds of improvement from FP1 to FP2 as they took the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions Ninja ZX-10RR to within one place of the top ten group.
With all looking for improved track conditions to complete a long FP3 session with on Saturday, Torres will face Tissot-Superpole qualifying and then the first 21-lap race of the race weekend at 16.00 local time in Argentina – which is 5 hours behind CET.
Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions FIM Supersport World Championship riders Ayrton Badovini and Kyle Smith met the challenge of the dusty track head on and finished up fourth and eighth fastest respectively. They too face their own Tissot- Superpole qualifying on Saturday, but their lone race will take place on Sunday 13th October.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“This track is new for me and I have started to enjoy it a lot. The first thing is that the conditions on the track are very dirty and you needed to ride slow, which in one way is better for me because I can learn the track better. The second thing is that the track I think is beautiful. The layout is very good to ride but my expectation for the afternoon was that the track would come better but it was really just the same, or maybe worse. It is very slippery and the biggest problem is always from the rear. Always when you try to enter the corner fast and try to turn the bike fast, you start to lose grip on the rear. I think the front is able to do more but the rear starts to slide because the grip is nothing, zero.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Manager:
“We knew that for Jordi this was the first time for him as he was not here last year. It is a new track for him but at the beginning this morning for him it was an advantage because the other riders were not faster. So for learning the track it is good. He loves the track and for sure we have a lot of work to do, and it is not easy in this condition. In Supersport both riders were very good even though the conditions in the afternoon seem worse than in the morning. Maybe because it is very hot.”