13.03.2019 – After the exciting opener in Phillip Island, Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions is about to get again on track for the second round of the MOTUL FIM World Superbike and FIM World Supersport Championship this coming weekend at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram (Thailand).
The Italian outfit will face the second exit out of Europe with renewed motivation after the positive indications obtained both in WorldSBK and WorldSSP at the opener in Australia. Jordi Torres (ESP) will aim to a strong result in the highest class on his #81 Kawasaki ZX-10RR after ending close to the top ten in Phillip Island, while Ayrton Badovini (ITA) is aware of the progress made by the new #86 Kawasaki ZX-6R and will try and be among the protagonists in Supersport.
Weather forecasts tend to exclude rain since the rainy season starts in April, but the Pirelli Thai Round on the technical circuit in Buriram is certainly one of the toughest appointments in the calendar. Riders will have to compete with air temperatures close to 40°C and humidity that is two times what they are normally used to in Europe, which will require adequate physical preparation and specific bike setup.
The Chang International Circuit is located 400 km east of Bangkok. It is a fast and technical circuit featuring twelve corners, seven right-handers and five left-handers for a total length of 4.554 meters. The flat main straight will have the pole position spot on the left and will lead into turn one that is a perfect place for overtaking moves. The following long straight ends the first sector. Turn three is quite a tricky right-handing hairpin leading into a very fast part ending the second sector. The mid part of the circuit is more driven, with corners rapidly following one another until the third intermediate point that leads into a more liner sector ending with the heavy braking of the final right-corner.
The weekend will start with free practice on Friday. WorldSBK will get on track at 10:30 (FP1) and 15:00 (FP2) and will be followed by WorldSSP at 11:30 (FP1) and 16:00 (FP2). FP3 will kick off the day on Saturday at 11:00 for Superbike and at 11:35 for Supersport, but the real challenge will be with the Tissot Superpole at 13:00 (WorldSBK) and at 13:40 (WorldSSP). The MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship will run its first race of the weekend at 16:00. On Sunday, the warm-up will be at 10:00 (WorldSBK) and 10:25 (WorldSSP) while the second Tissot Superpole Race ever will be run by WorldSBK riders at 13:00. The WorldSSP race will start at 14:15 while Superbike will get on track for the much-awaited race two at 16:00 (all times are GMT +7).
Italian fans will have the chance to follow the action live on TV8 (CH 8 Freeview). Race one will be broadcast live at 10:00 on Saturday and race two will be on Sunday at 10:00 (GMT+1). The Tissot Super Pole Race will be aired recorded at 9:30. Sky Sport MotoGP (CH 208 SKY) will show all the qualifying sessions and races of WorldSBK and WorldSSP live, while Eurosport 2 (CH 211 SKY) will show the Superpole and all the races of WordSBK and WorldSSP live.
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“We analyzed all the data and are ready for this exit. Free practice will be fundamental to define the best setup and to allow riders to convert all the sensations collected in the opening round into solid lap times. Buriram is quite different from Phillip Island especially due to the very long straights that will keep engines flat out for several seconds. The weekend is going to be exciting and the whole team cannot wait to challenge again all the rivals”.
Giordano Mozzi – Team Manager:
“In Phillip Island, we got a first feel of the new course of the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions, but Thailand is going to be another very important chance to show all our motivation on track. Riders are ready and we are aware this round is going to be quite peculiar, perhaps completely different from all the other rounds in the calendar, but this gives us further motivation to aim for the excellence we want as our trademark. We will make good use of what learned in Australia but our intention is to take this season one round at a time with great focus”.