Torres top independent rider in first Assen race

14.04.2019 – A strong first race performance from the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions squad saw Jordi Torres take eighth place at Assen and finish top Independent Rider. There would almost be a repeat performance in the second 21-lap race of the day, as Jordi followed up race one with a tenth in race two – just a single place from being top Independent Rider again.

After the first race of the weekend was postponed due to mix of snow, a wet track and low track temperatures on Saturday afternoon, it was finally run as a full-length contest on Sunday morning. The regular ten lap Superpole race was dropped from the schedule. Race two took place at 14.00hrs today, and ran for the full 21-laps.

There were strong showings in each race for Torres and the team but the first race was the highlight, as once more the fight for points was conducted well inside the top ten places. Torres finished up just three seconds behind one of the official Ducati machines, and 0.049 seconds ahead of an important championship rival, Toprak Razgatlioglu.

The second race was eventually affected by some chatter from both ends of Jordi’s machine but he was still inside the top ten positions and only half a second behind Razgatlioglu, who was ninth.

Two races only at Assen, not the planned three, but with eighth and ten place finishes Jordi is overall tenth, only one spot behind former World Champion and official BMW rider Tom Sykes – and an important three points and one position ahead of Razgatlioglu.

The next round is a home round for Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions, at Imola, between 10th and 12th May.

Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“Two big races in one day and I wished for this day a long time ago. Both races on Sunday is, for me, the perfect weekend. We were very fast in the first race and I enjoyed fighting with Toprak and Sykes a lot – and we did very well in eighth. I am happy with that result. In the second race we tried to do the same but we had chatter and vibration from the front and back. I could not enter the corners as fast as I wanted. I had to brake at the beginning, release and try to be smooth on the entry. Importantly, we brought the bike back through the front door of the pit-box, in tenth place, and we continued to gather information. We continue to learn in each race, always.”

Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“I am very happy for the strong performance of Jordi and he was the top independent rider in race one. Also, in race two he was close again. Halfway through the second race he had a problem with chattering and he could not push a lot, but he was still close to Razgatlioglu. Every race weekend we improve and we are very positive for the future. For sure we missed some test time during the winter, so every race we do the mechanics and rider improve. I knew they would do that, but it is nice to see it happening!”

Smith Soars As Badovini Finds Bad Luck

The new-look Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP team line-up featured Ayrton Badovini and Kyle Smith for the second weekend in succession, at what proved to be a tough Assen event in the Netherlands.

With Badovini 11th and Smith 16th on the first day, Saturday proved to be a challenge for all, as snowstorms, very cold tack temperatures and then some fast crashes brought out the red flag during Superpole and Badovini started the race 11th on the grid and Smith 16th.

The race was a difficult one for Ayrton who caught flu and had a nosebleed in the morning, making his overall race experience uncomfortable and exhausting.

He showed all his determination and experience to finish 11th, and score more points.

New regular team rider Kyle Smith struggled with changes of machine set-up in practice and qualifying, but with a much better race set-up he was aiming for the top ten eventually. Unfortunately another rider hit his handlebar as he tried to re-pass Kyle and he crashed out, being unable to restart.

In the championship points Kyle is 15th with seven points and Ayrton 17th with six points.

The Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP set up will now relocate to home territory for the Imola round, between 10th and 12th May.

Ayrton Badovini #86 – Rider:
“We were unlucky in Superpole because the red flags came out before we could push for a better time on the second tyre. But, step-by-step we are improving. I am happy just to finish the race because I have the flu. This morning during the warm-up I started to have a nosebleed so it was a difficult day for me. In the last four laps I was completely finished! But I was also happy because I am starting to feel the bike working well. During the race we tried some new things and we understand something more for the next race. I think we are going in a good way.”

Kyle Smith #11 – Rider:
“We got here working on the bike set-up, starting fresh again, but we started working in the wrong direction. The bike felt high on the front so I was 19th in warm-up and that is not where we should be. We were just in the wrong direction so in the race we made some changes and straight away it felt better. I got not to bad a start and I was working my way through the pack and I caught up to another rider. I passed him into turn one and he just cut inside me in turn two and wiped me out.”

Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“Ayrton’s condition was very bad because of his illness. With Kyle we worked a lot in the weekend to find a setting for the bike because he was not comfortable. In the race he had a contact with another rider and fell but I am sure we will arrive in Imola in good condition. After that we will test in Misano at the end of May. I am sure we can start almost ‘another season’ in Jerez.”