Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 began today the preparations for Saturday’s Dutch Grand Prix at Assen, the 'Cathedral' of motorcycling, in an encouraging way: the Belgian rider in fact closed the combined classification of the first two practice sessions only 0.7 seconds off the pace, in eleventh position, with a best lap time of 1’38”569.A performance that bodes well after the difficulties experienced in the last two Grands Prix, and confirming the good work done during the Aragon two-day test last week. Tomorrow Siméon will work on the bike set-up together with the team looking for more speed on the first sector of the track, in an attempt to further close the gap to the other riders.Lorenzo Baldassarri instead struggled a lot today aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter machine, finishing the day back in 30th place: the young Italian rookie complained about a nervous behaviour of the rear end of the bike and was unable to go beyond the time of 1’39”973.
XAVIER SIMEON (11th - 1'38"569) “Today the situation was much better compared to the last two races: I have much more confidence and we have less problems, therefore the lap times come more easily. We’re still not one hundred per cent, of course, but today it was important to make a good pace after the recent difficulties: today we had confirmation that the important work done in Aragon last week has been really useful. Right now I’m losing a lot of time in the first sector of the track, but I am convinced that if we can make some progress there, we have the potential to do very well, because in the rest of the track we are fast”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (30th - 1'39"973) “Today was a difficult day, I think it’s better to turn the page and start again tomorrow from scratch: I tried to improve my lap times but the bike was really difficult to ride; at the moment I don’t feel comfortable because the rear of the bike moves a lot and during load transfers I struggle also with the front end. Now we will analyze all the data with the team and tomorrow we will try to make some changes to try and solve these problems”.FAUSTO GRESINI“With Siméon we are seeing some encouraging improvements: we are not far away from the fastest, and we miss very little to be competitive. This bodes well ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying and for the race. On the other hand, I’m a little bit worried about Baldassarri’s situation: at the moment Lorenzo is very far away from the other riders and he’s not riding as he would like; we will try to better understand what is going on and hopefully tomorrow we can find the right set-up to help him”.Published on : Jun 25 2014