23.06.2019 – In warm and dry conditions that contrasted with Saturday’s fully wet race, Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK rider Jordi Torres battled in the mid pack twice today and scored a top ten finish in the second full distance event.
In the first Sunday race, the Tissot Superpole contest held over only ten laps, Torres felt a lack of push while exiting corners. This meant he could not use the full potential of the Pirelli SCX tyre, designed for this year’s innovation of a ‘sprint’ race that takes place each Sunday morning. He was 11th this morning.
In the final race of the weekend, over a full 21-laps, Torres was happier with some adjustments his team had made to his machine. They allowed him to ride with more confidence and feeling from his Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions Ninja ZX-10RR and he finished tenth.
The Misano weekend threw up challenges from the changing weather conditions, with Friday and Sunday each hot and humid, while Saturday witnessed serious afternoon lightning storms and rain for hour-after-hour.
Today’s track conditions were more balanced but still hot, causing some crashes from a few top names. With three good finishes and two strong points scores overall, Misano proved to be a relatively more rewarding event for Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions than some others.
Jordi is 12th overall in the points standings, with a total of 75, just two points behind the rider in 11th place.
A trip across the English Channel now awaits the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions squad, with the next round taking place at Donington Park in the UK, between 5 and 7 July.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“In the short Superpole race we were in a little difficulty because with less power we can use the rear tyre less. You have half as many laps as a normal race so ideally you have to use the rear tyre twice as hard. Sometimes we do not have enough push to use the rear tyre 100%. In this morning’s race we were not too happy with the result but we gained some valuable information. In the second main race in the afternoon we tried some different set-ups, even with the throttle response, so it was more connected with my hand. It is better for me because my feeling is more powerful. The power is the same but I feel it more, and I feel happier.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“We finished all the races this weekend no matter the conditions. Jordi is braking hard and entering the corners well but in other areas it was more difficult for us. He scored well in the second race and we are only two points from the rider in front in the championship standings. We go to Donington ready to race again.”
Challenging Misano Raceday For Badovini And Smith
Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP riders Ayrton Badovini and Kyle Smith approached their team’s home round at Misano looking to score strong championship points at the 4.226km long Misano circuit.
In a dry Superpole competition on Saturday, before a huge storm front caused significant problems for the WorldSBK riders in race one, Badovini was 11th and Smith 13th.
It proved to be a difficult raceday for both Ayrton – riding at his home round – and Spanish-based English rider Kyle.
Smith would eventually finish 19th in the race, experiencing issues with front end feel and some other technical problems that held back his overall race pace.
Badovini was forced to ride harder than he wanted in corner entries to maintain his lap times but eventually paid the price when he lost the front on lap 14, while riding in tenth place.
In the general WorldSSP championship standings Ayrton is 15th and Kyle 18th. Smith leads the ESS Championship standings even though he did not score points today.
The next track action for the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP set up will take place at Donington Park in the UK, between 5 and 7 July.
Ayrton Badovini #86 – Rider:
“The weekend in general was not particularly difficult because the chassis was not so bad but we always have the same thing in the race. I was pushing really hard in the entry of the corners and then I lost the front. I do not know why but we have some issues. We are working on them, but I am waiting for something more and we know what we need.”
Kyle Smith #11 – Rider:
“It was another difficult weekend and we did not find the way forward for the race. I had some small technical issues and I did not feel comfortable with the bike. If I pushed I felt I would lose the front, as there was not enough feedback. Halfway through the race I had an issue with the gears, but we still finished the race.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“We worked as well as we could to be ready for the race but we did not expect to not score points at one of our home races. We will keep working hard and trying to find the best solution to allow us to get nearer the front of the field, where we all know we can be with both riders.”