Aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter, Xavier Siméon finished today the Qualifying session of the Spanish Grand Prix in 12th position with a best lap time of 1’43”615: a disappointing result, considering that the Belgian rider has always occupied one of the top four spots in all the previous practice sessions, but that doesn’t affect the team’s high expectations ahead of tomorrow’s race. Siméon, who will start from the fourth row, will continue to work with the team to overcome the grip issues encountered this afternoon in the Spanish heat, with the goal of finding the speed he has always showed throughout the entire weekend, and therefore hoping for a comeback. Lorenzo Baldassarri - Team Gresini Moto2 - will start from 20th position on the grid, his best qualifying result since he debuted in this category last March in Qatar. The young Italian was able to find a better set-up for his Suter, solving some grip problems he experienced yesterday.
XAVIER SIMEON (12th - 1'43"615) “This morning in the third free practice session we were very fast, keeping a steady pace, and I thought that qualifying would have gone more or less in the same way. Due to the strong heat, however, the track has changed a lot and I struggled to find enough rear grip. We knew that the track conditions would get worse, like it happened yesterday, but we didn’t expect to struggle so much. We will therefore work and analyze all the data ahead of the race, with the aim to be more competitive in these conditions. Obviously this is not the position that we expected to get: having been always among the top four in all practice sessions, I was hoping for the first or second row”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (20th - 1'43"978) “In the end our day was not so bad: now we are following the right path with the setting and the situation has improved. Obviously we're still missing something because we are a bit late, but I'm confident for the race: with a good set-up, in fact, despite the lack of grip, you can handle the bike in a better way when it starts to slide. Tomorrow morning we will continue to work in this direction”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “I’m a bit disappointed because Xavier has been a protagonist during all practice sessions, but unfortunately we were not able to be just as fast in the decisive one. With the high temperatures, the tyres slide a lot, so it would have probably been better to put the new tyres immediately, during the early stages of the qualifying session, but we didn’t do it. However, Siméon can still count on a good pace, so now we focus on a good start, then I’m sure that we can make a good comeback. After a difficult first day, Baldassarri has instead taken steps forward, finding a good set-up for his bike, so I'm happy with the work he did”.Published on : May 2 2014