12.05.2019 – The Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions squad and their WorldSBK Spanish rider Jordi Torres expected to have two chances to shine on Sunday at Imola – but torrential rainfall after only the ten-lap Superpole Race has been completed meant that the final race of the weekend was cancelled. At the team’s home round Jordi added a ninth place finish to his 11th place result on Saturday.
This morning the track was wet for warm-up, as a result of overnight rains, making for a change of machine set-up necessary. For the morning’s Superpole race, over only ten laps in dry conditions, Jordi took a few laps to get used to the bike’s settings again. Once he had found his pace he pushed on well and finished second best Independent team rider and scored a point overall.
With a lot of concern over possible changes in weather conditions for the second full 19-lap of the weekend, and the expected third race for the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions squad still to come, torrential rain arrived at just the wrong time, soaking the track.
After much deliberation and track inspection, and even an attempt at starting the final race, it was eventually abandoned on safety grounds.
For the second weekend in succession the WorldSBK riders only got two races to compete in, not the now normal three, but with strong points recorded in race one on Saturday and one more point today Torres is 11th in the championship. He is just one point and one place behind the factory BMW of former World Champion Tom Sykes.
The next round for Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions will be in Spain, at Jerez between 7 and 9 June.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“In the short race, in the end we had a more or less good result, but I was a little bit delayed to make the transition between the contrast of the wet set-up in warm-up and the dry race set-up for the race. In the first laps of the Superpole race I was a little slower but after that I caught my rhythm. But too late. We were thinking to have a good second full race in the afternoon but it was more safe to do the second race in the pit box. We will now think about the test in Misano, on 29 and 30 May.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“Yesterday we had a small problem with the electronics and it was a little bit strange. This morning, in the ten-lap Superpole race, for the first three laps Jordi lost the feeling a little bit. He also lost a lot of time behind Cortese but in the end it was good, and he was fast. I was very confident for him in the dry conditions in the afternoon race but it rained and we had no final race this weekend.”
Best yet for Badovini at home round. Smith first of ESS Championship
A home round for the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP outfit and Ayrton Badovini delivered the best result of the season so far, after Ayrton secured fifth place after 17-lap of the classic Imola circuit. Kyle Smith continues to lead the ESS Championship standings after finishing 13th today.
The first day of practice at Imola worked well for Ayrton, who ended up fourth place overall, before taking eighth place on the grid after Superpole qualifying on Saturday.
It was a more difficult opening day in Italy for Spanish-based English rider Kyle, with technical issues holding back his lap count, and then bad luck in Superpole putting him in 18th place on the grid.
The race itself saw the rain warning flags shown several times but the track surface remained dry. A red flag was shown to stop the race right after the leaders crossed the finish line. The top five completed full race distance, while those behind were classified from the final timed sector that had completed before the red flag was shown.
Ayrton’s determined push, despite feeling chatter from his front end put him fifth today and pushed him up to 14th overall. Kyle’s final placing of 13th, while experiencing issues from the rear end during braking, sees him now 16th overall.
The next track action for the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP set up will be a test at Misano, between the 29th and 30th of May.
Ayrton Badovini #86 – Rider:
“That was our best result of the season so we are pleased. In Imola, in Italy, we are happy to have done this but I am not completely happy as I always have the same issue with the front tyre. It starts chattering and from the middle of the race to the end it was really difficult to be fast with this problem in the entry of the corners. Now we are working again on this issue but I am happy just because, step-by-step, we are always getting better.”
Kyle Smith #11 – Rider:
“It has been a difficult weekend in some way as we had some technical problems on Friday and I only managed to get three laps in the whole day. In qualifying I ended up riding on my own but I had one rider crash in front of me, so that put me in 18th place on the grid. In the race the bike felt a bit weird in engine braking, and I could not feel comfortable. I think the rear wheel speed sensor was broken. I had an issue with the front brake too so it has not been our best weekend. But we will test soon and we have a lot of stuff to work through.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“Ayrton had a good race and I was confident for him. He made a good race. With Kyle he had some problems with engine braking and it was difficult for him to ride. Now we will test in Misano, for two days. In Jerez at the next round we can restart our season in WorldSSP.”