Wet weather holds back early progress in France

27.09.2019 – Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions WorldSBK rider Jordi Torres found damp and then fully wet weather conditions in the first two Free Practice sessions at Magny Cours. He finished his opening day in a safe 16th place overall, after being 12th in the fully wet second session.

The final European round of the 2019 season always offers up the possibility of wet weather conditions and that was the case today at Magny Cours, in the 11th round of the FIM Superbike World Championship.

The first session, held in damp conditions, saw Torres set 17 laps to gauge track conditions and machine set-up on the damp track.

Finishing up 16th in those early ‘half-and-half’ conditions, with the track slowly drying out, Torres would remain there in the combined times but go 12th fastest in the fully wet second session.

Technical staff in the Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions squad will now make a provisional plan for a wet opening race on Saturday, but also make solid preparations for the dry track conditions that are expected to arrive on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday there is a short FP3 session before Tissot-Superpole and then a 21-lap opening race, to be flagged off at 14.00hrs on Saturday afternoon, local time. Two more races, the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole sprint and then the second 21-lap race, will take place on Sunday 29th September.

Team Pedercini Racing by Global Service Solutions FIM Supersport World Championship riders Ayrton Badovini and Kyle Smith also found damp track surfaces in France, particularly in the fully wet FP2 session. Badovini was a strong fourth overall and Smith 12th in the combined times, but in the final wet FP2 session Kyle was fastest of all – 1.191 seconds ahead of the next rider.

Jordi Torres #81 – Rider:
“Today I just tried to get some confidence in the wet and not much more. It was one of those days where it is easy to take a risk and go faster – or crash. So we did not do so many laps, just took some confidence and found a set-up for the wet conditions. We hope there will be better weather conditions tomorrow but if we have rain we will use the new rain tyre, which the Pirelli technicians say is better. Right now when you release the brake and enter the corner the bike feels very neutral and in this part it is easy to slide the rear on corner entry, even without braking. We need to try to solve just one or two things if it is wet tomorrow”.

Lucio Pedercini – Team Manager:
“It was absolutely correct to be careful today and not to crash because the weather forecast for the rest of the weekend is better – we hope this is true. We know that Jordi is not his best in wet conditions so with better weather supposed to be coming we did not want him to take a risk today, to be ready for tomorrow. Today was a strange one so we did not want to risk a crash for nothing. In WorldSSP Kyle made the fastest lap in FP2, in the full wet. He had a small problem this morning but they solved it. Ayrton made only two or three laps in FP2 and went well in the morning. Both our riders are very good in the wet. We will see what happens tomorrow”.