15.03.2019 – Jordi Torres took his Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions Kawasaki to 13th place after the first two free practice sessions at a hot and humid Chang International Circuit today.
Making real progress with his team in terms of chassis and suspension set-up Torres only lost out to some of his rivals in the two quickest sections of the 4.554km circuit. The conditions were punishing for all to work in on day one, with air temperatures rising to 36°C and track temperatures reaching a scorching 56°C.
On his 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR Torres was the top independent Kawasaki rider on day one, in only his second ever WorldSBK event for his ambitious new-look team. He had been 11th fastest in the first free practice session today, ending up 13th overall.
The team staff will now look at all the data from day one to maximise the machine’s performance on day two, especially in the first two sectors of the circuit.
After the opening two free practice sessions have now been completed Torres and his crew will face a short third free practice session on Saturday, an important Superpole qualifying session and then the first 20-lap race of the weekend, which is scheduled for 1600hrs local time in Thailand.
There will then be the new-for-2019 initiative of a ten lap sprint race on Sunday morning, which also determines the top grid spots for the third and last Thai race. The weekend will conclude with this second full distance 20-lap WorldSBK race, again at 16.00hrs.
In the first day of WorldSSP action the team’s lone rider Ayrton Badovini scored tenth place on the timesheets, directly behind the official Kawasaki riders.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“Not a bad first day and I like this track a lot. I think it is the best track for me but we did not enjoy it too much at times because we need more power and more acceleration in some areas. Something happened because the other bikes were very strong on the straight. For the rest, we worked a lot on the bike’s suspension and geometry and we are going in the correct way. We worked well and I am happy for this. It is hot, but it is the same for everyone. The track is clean and the grip is good. We did not try any race distance runs today but we will see tomorrow what will happen for the durability of both the rear and front tyres.”
Ayrton Badovini #86 – Rider:
“I have to thank the team for the great job, we manage to close the bigger gap and we scored great times in the top 10 as other Kawasaki’s riders. I’m happy, but there is still some work to do to finalize our performance looking at Saturday action”.
Lucio Pedercini, Team Owner:
“For me, today was not bad but we are looking into some small problems on the straight. But after just the first two sessions, this was a good result for us. We have some issues in the first two sectors and I do not know if it is something to do with the riding style. But the team and the rider are working well together. Now we want to check the data fully and I am very confident for tomorrow. At the moment we know which tyre to use in the first race, so we are OK.”