09.06.2019 – The Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions squad saw its Spanish rider Jordi Torres compete well at his home round today and leave his race weekend in Andalusia with two eighth place finishes on the board.
After a warm and dry weekend in Spain, Sunday’s two race finishes well inside the top-ten were the result of good work from the team and characteristically full-on competitive spirit from their exciting Spanish rider.
The ten-lap and then scheduled 20-lap races each delivered the same final result for Jordi but eighth place in race one offered two points under the reduced scoring system for the Tissot-Superpole race. Jordi took away eight points for race two, which leaves him 11th overall and sitting fourth in the Independent Riders’ championship.
The second race today did not reach the scheduled 20-laps, when a red flag was shown with one lap to go after another rider fell. The results we declared after 18 laps, with Jordi close behind the 2013 World Champion and factory BMW rider, Tom Sykes, at the time.
After a home round in Spain for Torres, it will be a home round for the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions squad at Misano next – with race weekend held between 21 and 23 June at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“We finished both races today and scored good points. I fought a lot in both races but I need something more to go further forward. We need a little more power and we need to focus on this point because the team works very well and the bike was good in braking, on the edge of the tyre and at the apex. But after the first point of throttle when we start to drive hard, until the outside of the kerb, we need more power – and to be able to put this power on the ground. So, on the straights the other riders can go faster than me. We finished with two eighth positions but we want more, because I think we are prepared and ready for more.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“In Superbike we are close, but maybe we miss something to be further forward. But, with two eighth places we are happy, absolutely, and we want to work harder for the future. We had an electrical problem on Friday, and Saturday in race one, so now we hope for better during practice at our home race of Misano.”
Tough raceday after strong start in WorldSSP
On Friday at Jerez Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP riders Kyle Smith and Ayrton Badovini were well inside the top ten, but fortunes turned for each rider at different times over the weekend leaving Badovini 13th and Smith a faller on raceday.
At what it something of a home round for Englishman Smith, who lives in Spain, seventh on day one was a positive start but electrical issues robbed him of key track time and he missed out on starting Superpole altogether. Kyle therefore had to start from the back of the grid today.
Pushing hard to make up places and try to aim for a strong points score, severe chatter contributed to his crash on lap two, after working his way up from 26th to 16th in one lap.
Badovini was also confident of a good Jerez race after being seventh in Superpole, but a technical issue affected his race, as a vibration from his rear sprocket affected his machine’s outright performance.
In finishing 13th Ayrton scored three championship points. He is 14th overall at the midpoint of the 2019 WorldSSP season. Kyle Smith leads the ESS Championship standings, despite his no score today. He is 16th overall.
The next track action for the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP set up will be Ayrton and the team’s own home race, at Misano, between 21 and 23 June.
Ayrton Badovini #86 – Rider:
“I am not really happy because we were fast in qualifying, considering that it is one of the worst circuits in the championship for me. But we had some problem with the rear sprocket in the middle of race, as it was vibrating. I had better pace than some of the riders behind me, if I did not have this problem, but they passed me down the straights.”
Kyle Smith #11 – Rider:
“I had a big chattering problem this weekend and I think partly that was to do with not getting track time due to technical issues. Everybody went out with the new and bigger 190-section rear tyre. We did not think the smaller tyre would make race distance so we went with the tyre everybody else seemed to using. But the chattering was brutal. I was also starting from the last place on the grid because we did not get to start Superpole. I crashed because it was chattering so much in the corner and then washed the front.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“Things were not so good as we had a problem in qualifying with Kyle and he had to start from last position, which was not so easy. His first lap was not so bad because he was 15th or 16th, but then he lost the front because of the chatter. Ayrton was also unlucky to have a problem that held him back after a good Superpole performance. Now we look to Misano.”