- September 15, 2018
Jordi Torres finishes ninth in Tissot-Superpole2 and grabs a solid P7 in Portimao Race1.
Raffaele De Rosa and Ayrton Badovini qualified 5th and 8th respectively ahead of Sunday’s WorldSSP race.
WorldSBK – FP4, SP2, Race1
After the excellent third time set on the opening day, this morning Jordi Torres is back on track for the second and final qualifying heat. The Spaniard set the ninth time (1’41.422) in the Tissot-Superpole2, managing to secure the third row in the starting grid.
In Race 1 Torres makes a solid start and manages to immediately set a good pace that allows him to stay for a long time among the first six positions. In the last stage of the race, the Spaniard will be passed by Loris Baz, hitting the finish line in 7th position and collecting nine points in overall chart.
WorldSSP – FP3, SP1, SP2
In the morning free practice session, Raffaele De Rosa returns to the track trying to recover from for the crash suffered on Friday. The Italian rider hits the goal setting the 6th time and recovering eight positions compared to FP2 session. The excellent feeling with the MV Agusta F3 675 machine allows him to close the Tissot-Superpole1 with the first time and set the 5th fastest time (1’45.295) in Superpole2. Tomorrow Raffaele will kick off WorldSSP race from the second row on the starting grid, in search of the sixth podium of the season.
Ayrton Badovini remains stable among the top ten riders of the WorldSSP and secured the eighth position on the starting grid in the Superpole2 session with a 1’46.068 laptime.
Jordi Torres – Compared to the first rounds we have met some more troubles, also because of the higher temperatures. During the race I pushed hard, trying to preserve the tire wear as much as possible, but I couldn’t get the result I expected. Now let’s go back to work on the data and tomorrow we’ll do our best to get even closer to the podium.
Raffaele De Rosa – We have largely recovered from yesterday’s crash. Session after session we lowered significantly our laptime and we got very close to the first ones. Our rivals are very fast but I will do my best to get back on the podium again.
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