13.07.2019 – A strong top ten start for the WorldSBK branch of the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions squad in the USA saw Jordi Torres tenth fastest in qualifying after the opening two track sessions on Friday 12 July.
At the intense 3.660km circuit in California Torres was less than one second from the pace of the fastest rider, Chaz Davies, even though he knows there is still more to come once an optimal set-up is achieved.
The Laguna Seca circuit is a tricky one for all to take on, featuring some profound elevation changes, none more so than The Corkscrew corner. On the entry riders have to brake hard from the highest point on the track, heel left over a sharp drop and then turn immediately right as the track falls away to the next corner in dramatic fashion.
Looking for more agility while retaining stability in corner entry in FP3 tomorrow, Torres is also working to find the ideal line into some of the corners to set a strong Superpole lap. This will ensure he gets into a good grid position before Race One starts at 14.00hrs on Saturday 13 July.
As is now traditional Sunday will host two races; one ten-lap Tissot-Superpole Race and then Race Two, like Race One to be contested over 25 laps.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“Today was not so bad but we have some adjustments to do on the bike and we just need more laps to resolve this. In general it is not bad because we have a good race pace but we need to do one fast lap to push to the front and stay more or less with the top guys. Also to be able to learn about their riding styles because I think the fastest guys maybe do some different lines than me, for example in The Corkscrew. Maybe I have to understand what the fast line is there. We need one fast lap for Superpole tomorrow. In general I would like the bike to be more manoeuvrable.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“Inside the top ten is a good place to start and as Jordi says, there is still more potential to get even closer to the top riders. It has been a busy time for us getting to America after just a few days since the last round in the UK, but the team is working well. We have started in a positive way and we will look for even more improvements tomorrow.”