Torres 12th on opening day at super-chilled Assen

12.04.2019 – Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK rider Jordi Torres overcame the cold air and track conditions today to get to within 0.821 seconds of the fastest lap time after two practice sessions today.

Having scored impressive results at Jordi’s home round in Spain last weekend the change of venue to Assen brought high expectations but even lower track temperatures. Lap times are always close at the unique Assen circuit but with track temperatures of 6°C in FP1, and 13°C in FP2, it was an unusual challenge in many ways today.

Jordi had been tenth in the first session, as he started to work on improving the precision of his bike’s handing package, at a track that rewards this characteristic more than most.

In the second practice session Jordi and his team made progress in terms of lap-time and race set-up, with Jordi only just over eight tenths of a lap behind the fastest rider Tom Sykes.

Now the team will work in FP3 to provide a final race set-up for the 21-lap race one on Saturday, which will be held after Superpole, which determines the final grid positions.

Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP riders Ayrton Badovini and Kyle Smith finished their two practice sessions in 11th and 16th places respectively, having both been inside the top ten in the morning. Both riders were to fall in the afternoon session, holding back their final progress for a time.

Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“It is really, really cold today and the biggest problem is that the rider is also very cold on the bike! Around my hands and neck especially. But we had no problems in the cold with our tyres. The bike is not bad and generally all is OK but we have a nervous bike set-up right now and a lot of movement. So we need to be calmer with the chassis set-up to allow us to be sweeter on the corner entry. We also have movement on the corner exit. We worked on the tyre options for tomorrow, and worked on our race pace, to examine the tyre choice for the races.”

Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“We tried some things for the race tomorrow to get the bike set-up ready. Jordi feels he has some problems entering the corners so we will try to solve that issue tomorrow morning. It is so cold here and that made today a bit more difficult, but it is the same for everyone. We will be prepared for the first race on Saturday.”