13.10.2019 – Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK) scored ninth place in Race Two in Argentina to move into a top ten championship position overall.
The penultimate round of the 2019 championship delivered three points scoring rides for the lone Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK rider. In the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole ‘sprint’, Torres was 11th from the 18 riders who finished.
In Race Two, the final race of the weekend, Torres placed ninth, one position ahead of the factory KRT machine of Leon Haslam.
Starting from 12th position on the grid for the sprint Jordi gained one place in the race, riding on much improved track conditions compared to Saturday, partly due to a drop in temperature.
The second race of the day saw Jordi 14th on the grid but reclaim even more places and finish strongly inside the top ten, with his Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK technical crew having made positive set-up solutions for the final race.
With a total of 132 championship points entering the final round, Jordi’s aim is to remain in this tenth position by posting three strong race results in Qatar.
The championship finale, to be held under floodlights at the Losail International Circuit, will take place between the 24th and 26th of October.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“Both races were not bad in the end. We finished inside the top ten in Race Two and I also had a big fight with Leon Haslam. It is difficult to overtake him, always, because he brakes so late and on the straight he had more speed than me. I tried to overtake many times in the back straight but he also has a factory bike. In Race Two we resolved many of the problems we had in the short race – for example chatter – and I could ride more comfortably, and also with more pace. Not bad.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Manager:
“I think today Jordi was not so bad in race two and he fought hard so I am happy. For sure he lost some time at the beginning but it was really positive to make up time later, and then finish inside the top ten. Now we will look for even more in Qatar during the final round.”
Top ten finishes for WorldSSP pairing
Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP riders Ayrton Badovini and Kyle Smith each had high hopes for the Argentinean round of the WorldSSP Championship, but set-up issues held them both back in the races. Smith was finally ninth and Badovini tenth.
Having been second and fourth on the grid respectively, after strong Tissot-Superpole qualifying performances on a hotter and more slippery Saturday, Badovini and Smith were in the running for more strong results on a much cooler raceday.
An unfortunate tangle in the first lap prevented early progress for each rider but Smith stayed in top four contention until he lost his best pace and had to drop back, scoring seven points for ninth place.
Ayrton lost several places on lap one and could not get back into the leading group because he found serious chatter. He was unable to push to replicate his podium finish from the previous round in France.
In the overall WorldSSP championship standings Ayrton is still 10th and Kyle an improved 15th. Smith has already won the FIM Europe Supersport Cup, but now aims to improve his overall classification.
The Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions will round out its 2019 effort at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. Raceday is Saturday – not Sunday – the 26th of October, and the race will be held under floodlights, as is now traditional at Losail.
Ayrton Badovini #86 – Rider:
“Today was completely different from qualifying because the track was completely different. There was a lot less temperature today and everything was different. I fought against chatter all through the race. It was incredible and I could not push at all. Now we are checking the data to understand what happened but we do not know right now. I am sorry for my team but this is racing sometimes.”
Kyle Smith #11 – Rider:
“At the beginning of the race, the first five laps, the bike felt not that bad. I struggled to hold the pace but on some parts of the track I felt strong. Five laps in it unloaded the front a bit, so I could not hold the line and it started chattering. I dropped back slowly but surely. But I am happy that we have learned a lot in this race and now we know that we need more load on the front end. With some setting changes I’m sure we can be much more competitive.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Manager:
“In Supersport I am not so happy because I thought it was possible to be closer to the front. Maybe the change in temperature from day one was a factor. I have not too much to say and we will try before Qatar to find out what the issues were and be more competitive there.”