Xavier Simeon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 made a positive start at the Grand Prix of the Americas, second round of the 2014 Moto2 World Championship which takes place at the Circuit of the Americas, on the outskirts of Austin, Texas. Thanks to a personal best lap time of 2’11”160, already close to the pole position time set last year by Scott Redding, the Belgian rider took his Suter in fifth place in the combined standings of the first two free practice sessions, a few thousandths from the third position and just over three-tenths of a second off the pace. Aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter machine, rookie Lorenzo Baldassarri struggled to interpret in the best way the tricky and slower part of the track, eventually closing the day in 26th Place with a best time of 2’13”427.
XAVIER SIMEON (5th - 2'11"160) “It’s been a very constructive first day of practice: we started with the same set-up used in Qatar and we were immediately fast, further confirming that our package is very good. We are very close to the fastest riders and now we need to stay focused to try to stay with them also tomorrow and Sunday. Unfortunately, I had a small crash in the afternoon session, when I tried the front hard tyre, but luckily I was in a very slow point of the track, so I’m ok, and also the bike had basically no damage”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (26th - 2'13"427) “Today was really tough: this track is very strange and definitely not easy to understand for a rookie. In the fast sections I’m able to ride well be, while I need to understand how to deal with the slower part, with very tight corners. I lose a lot on these sectors, I still need to reach the right feeling to be able to open the throttle earlier. Tomorrow the goal is to progress in this area”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “Xavier started very well this weekend: the gap from the fastest is really limited, so we are really confident ahead of the race. Too bad only for the small crash in the afternoon session, but we already know that is due to the harder front tyre, which we wanted to try again, but obviously is not what we need. Baldassarri is struggling a little bit, but we were expecting this kind of situation, because this track takes longer for a novice to be interpreted: we will wait tomorrow to see an improvement”.Published on : Apr 10 2014