26.10.2019 – Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK) took part in the two final races of the 2019 WorldSBK season on Saturday 26th October and finished 14th in the first and 13th in the second, to end the season in an overall 11th place.
At the end of a 13 round, 37-race FIM Superbike World Championship season, Jordi Torres had two more points scoring opportunities in Losail after his unfortunate DNF on day one.
Jordi worked his way to 14th in the short ten-lap Tissot-Superpole ‘sprint race’ today before improving to 13th in the final 17-lap Race Two.
Jordi felt his bike was operating at the best level it had been all weekend in Race Two, after good work in the pits from his Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK squad in readiness for the final test of the year.
Torres held off the attack of Markus Reiterberger’s factory BMW in the final laps and he scored more points to take him to an ultimate 11th place in the championship table, with 135 points – just three points from a top ten finish.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“Our last races in 2019 and I am happy because we reached the best set-up of the weekend – for the forks, rear shock and chassis. We had good showing from these things because in the final race we had the best performance so far from the bike. I am happy for this and also because during the race I did not make any mistakes and gave 100% in my riding. I had a lot of slides and the front started to close sometimes – we just need more acceleration out of the corners. But we are happy because for all the rest we are in a good position”.
Lucio Pedercini – Team Manager:
“I am happy with the season we made together inside the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK set-up and we came so close to a final top ten ranking – but our minds are already on improvements and the 2020 season”.
More Top Tens For Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP Duo
Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSSP riders Kyle Smith and Ayrton Badovini finished ninth and tenth respectively in the final Championship race of the 2019 season, under the intense floodlights at the Losail International Circuit.
In qualifying each rider had started from the third row of the grid, with Ayrton seventh in Superpole on Friday and Kyle ninth.
Smith had got up to fifth on lap three but then he started to lose front grip and had to drop back, finishing ninth but well inside the points scores.
Ayrton has more challenges in the early laps than Kyle, but rode stoically and with determination to keep tenth place by a narrow margin at the end of the 15-lap race.
In the overall WorldSSP championship standings Ayrton ended up in tenth position, with 65 points and one podium to his credit. Kyle ended up 15th in the main classification but also the FIM Europe Supersport Cup champion.
Ayrton Badovini #86 – Rider:
“The weekend overall was not so bad because we were always fast in the first two days, but during the race I do not know what happened. In the first part I had a big problem with the front and I did not feel anything, but just a little ‘jump’ in every corner. I ran off track once because I had to release the brake or risk a crash. It was a little bit better in the last part of he race but it was too late to do something more. We are sure we have improved our bike this year and I hope for the future it can be interesting”.
Kyle Smith #11 – Rider:
“For three races now I have had the same story. I had a decent start and for the first few laps I am strong, firing up front, and felt OK. But as soon as the grip on the front tyre drops just a little bit, and the fuel load goes down a little bit, I cannot get weight transfer to the front and the bike will not turn. I like this track and I have done well here before, but when it started chattering I just struggled”.
Lucio Pedercini – Team Manager:
“We were unlucky that both riders had some issues today because we were very good earlier in the weekend, but the pace could not be kept for the whole of the final race of the year. Kyle ends the season as FIM Europe Supersport Cup champion and Ayrton proved he could reach the podium so we are happy about these achievements and very motivated for 2020”.