On the qualifying day of the Grand Prix of the Americas Xavier Siméon confirmed the serious speed shown during all the free practice sessions conquering the fourth place with a best time of 2’10”666. Tomorrow, the Belgian rider will therefore start from the beginning of the second row aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter, although it remains a bit of disappointment for having missed the first row, a goal within reach of the team, missed due to a gearbox problem that forced Xavier to a mistake in his last attempt. After a fall in the third free practice session earlier this morning, and after making several set-up adjustments on the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter, looking for an improvement under tight corners areas, Lorenzo Baldassarri ended the qualifying session with the 24th fastest time, 2’12”363.
XAVIER SIMEON (4th - 2'10"666) “I am very happy with the result, but also a bit disappointed because I really would like to be on the front row, a goal that today was within our reach. Unfortunately we had several problems with the gearbox: in this track we use a lot the first gear and in this situation often the gearbox engages the neutral. It happened also in qualifying, during my last attempt, in which I was lowering my best time: the gearbox engaged neutral and I did a mistake. Apart from this, we are happy because we are competitive and tomorrow we can fight for the top positions”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (24th - 2'12"363) “Today we wanted to try some set-up adjustments to the bike because we wanted to be faster: we are following the right direction, but I need to get used to the behaviour of the bike especially with regard to engine brake. It’s a pity, because in some parts of the track I’m actually really fast, but I lose a lot of ground in tight corners. In any case, we will continue to work in the warm-up to try to improve, and after that I will give my best in the race”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “Siméon is really fast and this is positive, but we are concerned about the gearbox problems: the gearbox often engages the neutral, forcing Xavier to make mistakes, and in fact this happened also in qualifying. We hope to find a solution ahead of tomorrow’s race, because without this problem we can really be protagonists. Baldassarri is collecting some valuable experience, he’s working hard to grow and we should give him the right time”.Published on : Apr 11 2014