The difficult Catalan race weekend ended with a crash for Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 and Xavier Siméon: started from the 21st place on the grid a complicated qualifying session, the Belgian was forced to retire with 5 laps to go as he lost the front at Turn 10 while he was battling for a top ten position. However, before the crash Siméon was able to keep a good rhythm as he achieved a better feeling with his Suter compared to what happened during practice. In the Team Gresini Moto2 garage Lorenzo Baldassari celebrated his first World Championship points with the 11th place: the 17-year-old rookie, who started 24th on the grid, made a great comeback and in the final stages he also tried to enter the top ten fighting with Marcel Schrotter and Anthony West, in front of him under the chequered flag.
XAVIER SIMEON (DNF) “My feeling with the bike during the race was good: now the situation is more clear. Essentially, we find it hard to exploit the potential of the new Dunlop hard tyres, a problem that is accentuated in qualifying; for this reason we started back on the grid. However, we can be more competitive on the race distance: after a few laps, when the tyres started to drop, our pace was very similar to that of the fastest riders. I also managed to reach the group of riders in front of me, even though the low grip level forced me to make many mistakes. In the end I tried to push to open a gap, but I fell as I lose the front. Too bad, I was feeling confident and I didn’t expect it. I want to thank the team so much, because they rebuilt my bike after the warm up crash, and they did a great job, as always”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (11th) “I’m very happy! It was a tough race but I never gave up, riding with determination from start to finish. Also during the race we struggled with lack of grip, but lap by lap I started to learn how to ride the bike making it sliding and how to raise it quickly out of the corners, collecting valuable experience. It’s a great feeling to get the first points: in the final stages the top ten was within my reach, I was in ninth position but then I came together with Anthony West and Schrotter passed me. Anyway, this result is very important, now we want to start from here and continue on this direction”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “This weekend we have never been competitive, but in the race Xavier was going quite well, if we consider the situation we saw during practice and also his warm up crash, which certainly didn’t help him. Too bad for the retirement, we lost another opportunity to collect some important points. Baldassarri has instead taken his first points in a tricky and difficult category like the Moto2 World Championship: a result that we hope will be a good starting point for further growth. Now we have two important days of testing at Aragon, during which we will try to solve the problems we faced during the last two races”.
Published on : Jun 14 2014