Team Pedercini Kawasaki Feature Story2012-09-19 11:16
Team Pedercini has been part of the Kawasaki family for several years now and in 2012 they have been flying their flag particularly high, especially in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup.
Finding family ties in racing paddocks is not unusual but for Team Pedercini Kawasaki it has been an in-house production all the way since Lucio Pedercini started out on his two-wheeled adventures.
After Lucio’s successful racing career - including Italian Superbike titles, top privateer ranking in the 1996 500GP series and being a top privateer SBK rider until he retired - the team decided to continue. The name Pedercini has been fixed in the SBK paddock in some way or other ever since.
Despite the tough economic conditions and the intense competition on track, the Pedercini boys and girls have been able to make the very best of their partnership with Kawasaki and the Ninja ZX-10R, having seen Aussie rider Bryan Staring win two races in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup and have their Superbike riders score points on what is high level, but still basically privateer, SBK machinery.
In all, the hard work during this and all previous years is paying off for the old Pedercini family firm. And when we say family, we mean it. “Our role within Kawasaki’s racing plan is to fix the bike for maximum performance and for us Kawasaki is like a family,” said team manager, Lucio Pedercini. “We work together for the team but also for Kawasaki to make good results. This is always very hard; racing is very difficult, especially in the Superbike championship with so many factory bikes. In the past few years, with electronics, it has become very tough and very expensive for our private team. Our budget is not so high. From our side all of our family works in the team. Me, my Dad Donato, my brother Ivan, my mother Donatella, we are a genuine family team. You never see how many hours you work in the workshop or travelling around. But we do it because we have a big passion and we try to do our best, every time, every moment.”
The Pedercini team may be family based but running four bikes in two top-level classes takes a lot of logistics - and staff. “We have now, with Superbike and Superstock, including my family, around 19 or 20 people in the team,” said Lucio. “That is a big amount of people for a private team, but we have two riders in Superbike two in Superstock, plus the people in hospitality.”
The team, based in Volto Mantovana, in the north of Italy, have had particular success in Superstock this season, with second year Pedercini rider Bryan Staring taking two superb victories, one in the dry in Spain and one in the wet in the Czech Republic. Despite a few moments of bad luck along the way Bryan is now third in the championship, 33 points behind the lead with two rounds to go.
The 2012 season has seen the overall Kawasaki Superstock 1000 effort blossom, to the point whereby the Pedercini squad has played a big part in lifting Kawasaki to second position in the Manufacturers’ Championship, just nine points from the lead.
So what was the key to unlocking the door marked ‘full competitiveness’? A lot of things, according to both Lucio and Bryan.
“For sure last year everything was new for Bryan and also arriving from Australia for the first time was not so easy,” said Lucio. “This year, when he started in Imola the race was very difficult, only five laps, then in Assen he was second but then touched the white line and crashed. Our bike set-up was very close and we made one small change in the front-end and that changed things a lot in terms of his confidence with the bike. We try to put him in a good situation every time. We changed nothing really and just with one small adjustment it completely changed his feeling. I was confident he could take a podium in Aragon but maybe not win the race like he did.”
Bryan led from the front all the way to his first victory then followed it up with a wet weather win at Brno the very next round.
For Staring, still in with a chance of being Superstock champion in 2012, hard work and the pursuit of a top set-up each time has made the breakthrough in competitiveness. “Our season took an upturn at Aragon,” said the former Aussie Superbike Champion. “We had a lot of bad luck at the start of the year but it came together for us. I have worked hard with the team for a long time now. This is our second year together and my second year in Europe.”
Who knows what fortunes the Pedercini family, their Superstock and Superbike riders, will have before the season finishes in France in October? But however tough the 2012 season has been, or will be, they have already enjoyed true success with their race-prepped Ninja ZX-10Rs.
Source: Kawasaki Racing Team
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