Jordi Torres took his Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions Kawasaki to 11th place on the grid after a dry Tissot-Superpole qualifying at Misano, and ended up 12th in a fully wet Race One.
After rain had arrived overnight, and continued more lightly in the morning, Superpole qualifying was still held in dry conditions at the 4.226km circuit in Italy. Thunder, lighting and eventually heavy rain arrived at an inopportune time, making the first of three attempted races a ‘Wet’ event.
The rains came on very heavily at times, stopping one attempt at running the race after only a few laps and reducing Race One to an 18-lap contest, not the planned 21. In all there were three tries at starting race one, which got underway just over an hour later than scheduled.
On track Jordi made up one place in each of the first three laps, but eventually got involved in a six rider fight. Ninth after 12 laps, he remained in that position until a drop in grip from the rear entering corners saw him finish 12th at the flag.
As well as the points he gathered in this race, which keep him 11th overall in the championship, Torres and his technical crew gained great experience in truly wet race conditions for the first time.
Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions now faces two more WorldSBK races at their home round. On Sunday morning there is a now traditional ten lap Tissot-Superpole race, and then the final 21-lap Race Two, to close off the weekend’s action for the team.
The WorldSSP arm of the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions’ effort inside the wider WorldSBK paddock is also taking part in a home round at Misano, with Ayrton Badovini. He was 11th on the grid in a large field of 33 runners after Superpole. FIM Supersport European Cup points leader Kyle Smith was 13th in Superpole at Misano. The 19-lap Supersport race takes place between the two Sunday Superbike races, on Sunday afternoon.
Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“Full wet tyres today! I ended up in a big fight with many riders. I do not now why but in the last few laps we had a little problem with traction on the rear tyre. It was difficult to enter corners because did not have too much grip. I felt that the front tyre was able to do more than the rear could. It felt easy to a highside on the entry of the corner. That was the biggest problem we had. We hope for better weather tomorrow but we are relatively happy because this is the first time for us racing in the rain. Fighting for seventh to 12th position is not that bad a group to be in and we did not expect this before the race. We gained some valuable experience for the future.”
Lucio Pedercini – Team Owner:
“It was a tricky Race One with so many planned starts in the wet conditions. The weather was always changing but the track was wet all the time. It was good to see Jordi fighting in the big group that developed during the race but finishing at the front of it would have been our ideal target. We will investigate his rear traction issue in the wet conditions but at least we took away some good experience and data in these conditions – and some more points.”