Oct 10 2014

SIMEON AND BALDASSARRI AIM FOR IMPROVEMENTS AFTER BUSY DAY ONE AT MOTEGI

SIMEON AND BALDASSARRI AIM FOR IMPROVEMENTS AFTER BUSY DAY ONE AT MOTEGI

Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 took part today in the first two practice sessions of the Grand Prix of Japan, at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit: after closing the first session into the top ten, the 15-year-old Belgian rider struggled to lower his lap times in the afternoon, actually replicating the same lap time obtained in the morning and slipping into the 17th position.Simeon, who was satisfied about his feeling with the front end, will continue to work with the team looking for more rear grip, a factor that is slowing him down at the moment.Aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter, Lorenzo Baldassarri discovered for the first time the Motegi circuit riding a Moto2 machine: the Italian rookie improved his performance through the two sessions, but he’s still looking for the best compromise to be stronger, especially under acceleration out of the corners. XAVIER SIMEON (17th- 1'52"636)“This morning we started well the weekend: I could keep a good pace if we consider that it was only the first free practice session, then we made a change to the bike to try to improve, but we did not succeed, so we need to look for another solution. I have a great feeling with the front end, and this is our strong point, but I'm struggling with lack of rear grip: in the afternoon I did my best lap time with a soft tyre which I had already used for 20 laps in the morning and when I put on a new, hard tyre the rear grip dropped so much and I struggled to improve. This does not satisfy me, of course, but we will continue to work looking for a better rear grip to try to make a step forward tomorrow”. LORENZO BALDASSARRI (27th - 1'53"137)“Today was a tough day: last year I loved this track riding the Moto3, but with the Moto2 I had to learn new references and it was definitely not easy; at the moment I’m struggling to open the throttle out of the corners, we need more rear edge grip, otherwise it becomes difficult and risky to control the bike. However, I think that tomorrow we can continue to improve, step by step: already today, between the first and the second session, we made a big step forward”.

Published on : Oct 10 2014