Strong start from Torres before bad luck arrives

08.06.2019 – Even after losing some track time during qualifying on Friday Jordi Torres finished up the second fastest Independent Team rider in Superpole qualifying today, until his luck ran out in the race itself. The Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions pilot started from eighth place on the grid and was well inside the battle for top ten positions until a misfire forced him pull out of his home race.

In the warmest weather and track conditions of the European season so far local rider Torres was in determined mood as he took to the 4.423km circuit in Andalusia for race one.

Turning round the issues he had on day one, in terms of bike feel and feedback at the apex of corners, he was able to set a strong lap time in Superpole to start from the third row.

A good launch and then an aggressive first lap saw him make up places in the opening race, as he settled into a rhythm that placed him ninth, and then eighth, before electrical glitches appeared as he applied the throttle exiting corners.

There are now two more chances for the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions squad to score points in Spain. On Sunday morning there will be a ten lap Tissot-Superpole race, and then the final 20-lap Race Two in the afternoon.

Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions’ WorldSSP riders went though contrasting experiences in their own Superpole contest. Ayrton Badovini was seventh, just one place behind official Kawasaki rider Hikari Okubo. Kyle Smith, however, was unable to set a lap in Superpole after experiencing electrical problems with his machine in FP3. The lone WorldSSP race takes place at 12.15 on Sunday.

Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“We had some electronic problems in the race. Something started interrupting the engine when I opened the throttle on the exit of the corners. I wanted to stay out on track to finish the race and maybe catch some points. But there was nothing to do in the end. We were in the same eighth position we started the race in, which is not bad, but we wanted a little more. So far it has been a difficult weekend for me at times, but today we did make the chassis set-up much, much better.”

Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“We were unlucky because Jordi started very well after a good Superpole performance. We also know that normally at the end of a race he is very strong, but something happened with the electronics and the bike did not work. Now they are checking what happened. In WorldSSP Superpole, it was good for Ayrton but with Kyle’s bike there was something wrong with his engine pick-up sensor and he missed out on Superpole.”