10.05.2019 – The Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK effort is taking part in its first home race of the 2019 season this weekend, with rider Jordi Torres 11th overall after the first day of track action at Imola.
In spring sunshine Torres ended his day at the undulating 4.936km parkland circuit looking for an optimal front-end set-up to take into Saturday’s first 19-lap race with improved confidence and pace.
In the red-flagged and restarted morning session Torres had been 13th but he and his team made improvements to enable Torres to move up to 11th. Torres was one place ahead of Italian star Marco Melandri today and also had greater early pace than one of the official BMW entries.
Now the team will use the third and final free practice session on Saturday morning to nail down their final front-end set-up in readiness for regular Superpole qualifying, to be followed at 14.00hrs by the opening race of the weekend.
Sunday will feature two races, one ten-lap Superpole Race and then the second full distance 19-lap race.
In the FIM Supersport World Championship category today Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions rider Ayrton Badovini was a strong fourth at his home circuit, and the top Kawasaki rider on day one. Kyle Smith lost significant track time today and was only able to set six laps in total, finishing 24th as a result.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“This track is very difficult and we need to understand how my riding style is with this bike a little better. At the moment I cannot feel the front too much so we need to fine tune things. This kind of layout is difficult because there are so many changes of direction where you need to feel the front well. We are asking more of the front at this kind of track and we need more support, more confidence. But I think this is the only thing we have to work with – we need to resolve the front suspension set-up to be faster on corner entry.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“We have concentrated our work to be ready for tomorrow. We have not found a good setting at the moment. For Jordi his biggest problem is in his settings for the front end of the bike, and he has a reduced feeling. We will continue to work to be ready for tomorrow and then we will see how it is for Superpole and Race One.”