Unlucky crash for Torres in wet opening race. Badovini and Smith show great pace in WorldSSP Superpole.

06.07.2019 – Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions Kawasaki rider Jordi Torres was on schedule for a top ten finish in the opening race of the Donington Park weekend until he suffered a highside on the wet asphalt. Jordi regained control after his near crash but was forced to run off track and then unavoidably fall on the wet grass.

Friday at Donington had been very hot by local standards but today the rains appeared, making Tissot-Superpole a particularly difficult session, held on a slowly drying track surface that changed character and grip throughout.

With the weather conditions altering frequently on Saturday, the opening 23-lap race of the weekend was finally held in wet conditions, with all riders on heavily grooved Pirelli tyres.

Torres eased himself into what was a tricky race for all, with three big name fallers and only 14 finishers.

On lap ten Jordi’s rear tyre lost traction while he was negotiating the exit of turn six. He regained control as he landed back on his machine but by then his Ninja ZX-10RR was heading for the slick grass runoff area. After his inevitable fall Jordi bashed his left hip as he landed hard and his bike was too damaged to restart.

Although without points today the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions squad now has two more chances to get on the score sheet on Sunday 7 July. Torres faces a ten-lap Tissot-Superpole race and then a second 23-lap full race in the afternoon, after morning warm-up.

The WorldSSP arm of the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions effort had a fruitful experience with both riders in Superpole today. Ayrton Badovini placed sixth – after setting an identical lap time to the fifth place rider – and will now start Sunday’s 20-lap WorldSSP race from the second row. FIM Supersport European Cup points leader Englishman Kyle Smith (who has lived in Spain for many years) was tenth on the grid at his ‘home’ round, from a field of 30 riders.

Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“Superpole was very critical because I think we maybe ran too many laps with wet tyres and after that we had only limited time with the dry tyres. In the end we did one lap and maybe that was not enough to do a great Superpole time. We started race one from the fourth row, which is not really bad. In the race I felt good, in the sense that I had more or less enough pace to match Michael van der Mark or feel OK to overtake Toprak Razgatlioglu. But I had this little high side, while opening the throttle, but I landed back on the bike. By then the only line I could take was to go to the green and eventually I had a little crash. Tomorrow can be better for us because it should be dry again. Then we can continue with our set-up progression and maybe try some things that we could not work with in the dry yet.”

Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“The rain today changed everything and it was a difficult track surface to ride on. Eleventh for Jordi in Superpole meant a fourth row start, before he was forced off track and then fell. Tomorrow it should be dry so it will be a very different day in all ways, we hope. In Supersport both riders got into the top ten after Superpole and Ayrton’s sixth was a good result because he will start from the second row.”