20.02.2019 – The MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship and FIM World Supersport Championship are at the starting blocks and Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions is gearing up to get on track at the circuit in Phillip Island (AUS) this coming weekend for the season’s opener.
The Italian outfit gathered important data in the two testing days held on Monday February 18th and Tuesday February 19th on the Australian venue located south of Melbourne and is getting ready for a very important campaign with Jordi Torres (ESP) on the #81 Kawasaki ZX-10RR in WorldSBK and Ayrton Badovini (ITA) in WorldSSP on the new #86 Kawasaki ZX-6R.
Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions reached the season opener after the great results obtained in the closing session of winter testing where especially Jordi Torres has been shining thanks to the meticulous work done with the whole team. The Catalan rider managed to improve his best lap time by nearly 1.5s posting the seventh time in 1’31.224s.
Ayrton Badovini also completed an intense testing programme riding the new 600cc Kawasaki ZX-6R at the debut. This bike is a novelty not only for the Italian team but also for the Japanese maker. Badovini used all the track time to improve his feeling with the bike and managed to complete several laps testing different solutions and analyzing the behaviour of the bike as the novelty of the project came with very few data to start from.
Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions is now all set for the much-awaited debut in what is going to be the first step along a new sporting path on which Lucio Pedercini’s team believes a lot. The 4.445 meters of the Phillip Island circuit will be the first challenge. The circuit is on a cliff overlooking the sea where wind and air humidity could make it quite tricky. Twelve corners and average speed close to 180 km/h are the trademarks of this track that features a long down-hill pit straight and two hairpins, turn 10 and Honda Corner, that offer spectacular overtaking chances.
The program of the weekend will follow the new 2019 regulations and will kick off on Friday with free practice at local 10:30 and 15:00 for the MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship, at 11:30 and 16:00 for the FIM World Supersport Championship. The closing free practice session will be on Saturday at 10:00 (WorldSBK) and 10:35 (WorldSSP), while the first Tissot Superpole of the season will get green lights at 12:15 for WorldSBK and at 12:55 for WorldSSP. Race one of WorldSBK will get underway in the afternoon at 15:00. The warm-up will open the day at 9:30 for WorldSBK and at 9:55 for WorldSSP, while the first sprint WorldSBK race of the season will take place at 12:00: 10 laps flat out to decide the starting grid of race two that will start at 15:00. WorldSSP will feature the traditional single race starting from 13:15. (all times GMT +11).
In Italy, TV8 (freeview CH 8 DTT) will cover live race one and two of WorldSBK at 4:45 (GMT +2), while the sprint race will be shown recorded right before race two. Sky Sport 1 (CH 201 SKY) will show live all the races including WorldSSP, while Eurosport 1 (CH 210 SKY) will cover the Tissot Superpole, race one and race two of WorldSBK live. TV8 will also replay race one and race two at 14:00.
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“We worked hard to get to this point and finally here we are. Riders are motivated and the whole team cannot wait to see where we stand compared to the others. We are all very excited. I took part in a lot of races in my career, but the one that opens 2019 has a special taste as it will represent a pace change. We are focused and motivated. This is going to be a memorable weekend”.
Giordano Mozzi – Team Manager:
“When Lucio asked me to join Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions as Team Manager, I could not imagine such an exciting eve. It is amazing to be here in Phillip Island ready for the challenge and the good data collected in the two testing days makes us positive for the forthcoming racing weekend. Phillip Island is not an easy circuit as Jordi experienced on Tuesday when he got the red flag due to some birds standing on the track. We will try and do our best to allow the riders to give their 100%”.
Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions | Race calendar 2019
22-24 February | Australia | Phillip Island
15-17 March | Thailand | Buriram
5-7 April | Aragon | Aragon
12-14 May | Netherlands | Assen
10-12 May | Italy | Imola
7-9 June | Spain | Jerez
21-23 June | San Marino | Misano
5-7 July | Great Britain | Donington
12-14 July | USA | Laguna Seca
6-8 September | Portugal | Portimao
27-29 September | France| Magny-Cours
11-13 October | Argentina | Villicum
24-26 October| Qatar | Losail