23.02.2019 – A constant performance, careful and without mistakes earned Jordi Torres (ESP) and Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions the eleventh position in the opener of the MOTUL FIM World Superbike 2019 Championship in Phillip Island (AUS).
Jordi Torres started the race from the twelfth position after closing the Tissot Superpole with a best lap of 1’30.760s and completed the 22 laps on the #81 Kawasaki ZX-10RR displaying good focus and experience especially in terms of tyres management. The Spanish rider tried to be gentle on tyres that have been a crucial aspect of the season opener due to the air and track temperatures.
Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions’ rider lost some places during lap one and slipped down to P14. Torres managed to close in on Mercado (#36) without pushing too hard and then kept a constant pace all the way to the finish line that he crossed in P11.
Ayrton Badovini (ITA) used all his talent to compensate for the technical difficulties that marked the first exit of the #86 Kawasaki ZX-6R in the hard-fought WorldSSP. The Italian improved his time in the closing stages of the Tissot Superpole posting a positive 1’34.575s that was worth the seventeenth spot on the starting grid. The WorldSSP race will get green lights tomorrow at 13:15 (GMT +11).
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“Things went well today. The race has been long and the rising temperatures forced me to be gentle on the bike and clean, similarly to what happens in wet conditions. This was the only way to end the race. Had I pushed harder, I would most probably have risked destroying the rubber, therefore, I did not push. We could do better tomorrow if we manage to increase the pace a little bit”.
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“We are happy on how things went. We were very worried about the tyres and this is why Jordi tried to be easy on the rear end early on. This has been a very positive race one overall, the bike displayed good competitiveness considering that Jordi reached a top speed higher than that of the winner. We have a lot of data to go through to get ready for tomorrow”.
Giordano Mozzi – Team Manager:
“We are definitely happy despite some setup problems and the tricky tyres management. We had positive indications and the pace has been good: 10s from the top 5 is a gap that we can manage in the middle of the pack. This is certainly going to be a tough season and every race will be a good battle as all riders are very close to each other. Our main goal is to get into the top ten and the first race confirmed we are there. Let’s keep going staying positive and focused: we are on the right path”.
The opening weekend of season 2019 will continue tomorrow with the warm-up at local 9:30 (WorldSBK) and 9:55 (WorldSSP). The new Tissot Super Pole Race WorldSBK will get underway at 12:00, while the first race of WorldSSP will begin at 13:15. The second race of WorldSBK, covered live in Italy by TV8 (CH 8 Freeview) will begin at 4:45 Italian time, that is local 15:00 (GMT +11).