23.10.2019 – Lights are about to be switched on at the Losail International Circuit and Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions is gearing up to get on track for the closing round of the Motul FIM World Superbike 2019 Championship and FIM World Supersport 2019 Championship this coming weekend.
In the Motul Qatar Round, the Italian team will field its complete lineup with Jordi Torres (ESP) on the #81 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR in WorldSBK, while the two Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, namely the #86 and #11, will be ridden respectively by Ayrton Badovini (ITA) and Kyle Smith (GB), as the latter will take part in the event as a wild card after winning the European title in Magny-Cours.
The challenge will be a grand finale with features that are different from those met over the season. The action will kick off on Thursday and end on Saturday with the riders challenging each other also during the night. The temperature will be a further unknown that will range from 28°C to 35°C with a lot of humidity.
The circuit is 5.378 meters long and is particularly technical without real straights, exception made for the pit straight. It is basically flat with corners following one another, which will require a perfect balance to allow the bikes to deliver all the power and tyres to work in the best possible way. The second sector is the most twisty one after the initial sector that is more flowing and it leads into the third part that features the wide turn 11 and the closing part includes the narrow turn 16 that rejoins the pit straight.
The weekend will start on Thursday with two free practice sessions at 16:00 and 19:00 (GMT+3) for World SSP, at 17:00 and 20:00 for WorldSBK. The third session will take place on Friday at 15:00 for the highest class and at 15:35 for the 600cc. Superbike will run its Superpole at 17:30 and the overnight race will be at 20:00. Supersport’s Superpole will be at 18:10 instead. The warm-up on Saturday will be at 14:00 for WSBK first and WSSP afterwards. The Tissot Superpole Race will get underway at 16:00, while the closing race of the season will be at 20:00 again. WorldSSP will end its 2019 campaign at 18:15
This exciting round will be available in Italy thanks to SKY Sport MotoGP (CH 208 SKY) that will cover all the Friday and Saturday sessions live, warm-up excluded. TV8 (CH 8 Freeview) will broadcast the two Superbike races live at 19:00 (Italian time) while the sprint race will be shown recorded on Saturday at 18:00. Eurosport (CH 210 SKY) and DAZN will cover live all the races of WorldSBK and WorldSSP and the SBK’s Superpole.
Lucio Pedercini – Team Manager:
“Even though we will also race overnight, some sessions including the Superpole Race and all WorldSSP sessions will be during the day when temperatures will have to be monitored carefully. We are all set and we will put all our grit on track to end the season on a high in both categories, trying to keep the good work done so far up”.