Oct 16 2014

ISLAND CHALLENGE STARTS POSITIVELY FOR SIMEON AS BALDASSARRI ESCAPES CRASH UNHURT

AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 completed today at Phillip Island the first two free practice sessions for the Australian Grand Prix, round number 15 of the Moto2 World Championship: the 25-year-old Belgian rider continued to work with the team on his Suter machine, starting from the base set-up that had given good results at Motegi.

Using a new tyre that Dunlop provided specifically for this event, which however didn’t gave the expected results, Siméon set a time of 1’34”238, closing the day in 14th position.

Aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter, Lorenzo Baldassarri showed a good rhythm closing the morning session in the top 15 with a time of 1’34”651, then in the afternoon he was not able to improve suffering a crash while he was using a harder compound tyre. 

XAVIER SIMEON (14th - 1'34"238) “Today we completed two positive free practice sessions, obtaining a good feeling both in the morning and in the afternoon. We tried a new tyre that Dunlop made available for this race, but without finding any advantages, so I’m not worried about the position we occupy today. Tomorrow we will return to the other tyres and I know we can improve. We are working on the set-up we found in Motegi and I’m comfortable on the bike”.

LORENZO BALDASSARRI (23rd - 1'34"651) “I’m disappointed, because this morning I started the weekend very well, gradually progressing, but then in the afternoon the decision to try the hard tyre proved not to be good. As soon as I put it on, I rode carefully for the first two laps, then on the third lap, on the penultimate corner, the bike threw me in the air, even though I had not yet opened the throttle. Luckily I’m fine. Tomorrow we need to forget the crash and return to push hard, trying to do a lot of laps to pick up the pace”.

Published on : Oct 16 2014