|Team Pedercini are back yet again for 2013
Photo; Trevor Harlock
As predicted in our latest silly season blogs, Pedercini Kawasaki has confirmed a two-rider line up for the 2013 world superbike season, a move which raises the total number of riders on the World Superbike grid for the season to a measly 18 with it looking increasingly more likely this number will not get any higher.
Alexander Lundh, who rode for the team for 4 rounds in 2012 scoring points in four races with a highest position of 14th retains the ride for the full season in 2013. Lundh started 2012 off in the Moto2 world championship for the MZ team however split with the team mid-season.
Lundh will be joined by 24 year old Italian, Federico Sandi who had an unfortunate time in 2012, after being dumped by Effenbert Ducati’s superstock squad weeks before the start of the season and was subsequently picked up by Althea Racing to ride the brand new 1199 Panigale, however due to the cost of running the temperamental new Ducati the team pulled out midseason. Sandi rode in World Superbikes for Grillini BMW at Misano, his highest finish was 17th.
Despite Pedercini adding to the list of 2013 riders, the future of World Superbikes is still uncertain as the second round in India is in jeopardy and a multitude of other issues with the calendar are still to be ironed out with just over a month until the first round in Australia.