Jul 13 2014

SIMEON BATTLES TO FINISH TENTH IN SAXONY. GREAT EFFORT BUT NO REWARD FOR BALDASSARRI

SIMEON BATTLES TO FINISH TENTH IN SAXONY. GREAT EFFORT BUT NO REWARD FOR BALDASSARRI

The German Grand Prix ended with the tenth place finish for Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2: despite a difficult weekend, the Belgian rider collected 6 valuable points; a result that, after leaving Barcelona and Assen races empty handed, allows him to keep the 11th place in the overall standings.After a good start from the fourth row, Siméon fought throughout the whole race for the positions close to the top ten, eventually claiming it in the final stages ahead of Spaniard Ricard Cardus.Unfortunately, Lorenzo Baldassarri was not able to bring the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter machine to the finish line: the young Italian fell during the seventh lap, at turn 10, while he was right behind the leading group, in eighth place. Although his race ended prematurely, the 17-year-old rookie sported a serious speed thanks to which he was able to fight in the early laps with the best in class. This obviously bodes well for the restart of the Championship, scheduled Indianapolis the next August 10th. XAVIER SIMEON (10th)“Today we struggled a lot: we can’t be very happy with the result, but after four races affected by various mistakes, today it was important to reach the finish line. In the beginning, even though I made a good start I lost several positions but I kept calm; it was easy to make mistakes due to the hurry to stay ahead. The good thing is that in the next races we won’t use the hard tyres that we had in Barcelona and here at the Sachsenring, and that made us suffer a lot. Our bike has a great potential and we know that if we can make the most of it we can fight for much more important results. Now we have the summer break, in which, however, we will continue to work in order to be stronger in Indianapolis”. LORENZO BALDASSARRI (DNF)“I was recovering some positions when I suddenly lost the front at turn 10, apparently without a reason. I felt a bit of chattering and then and I lost grip; at first I tried to avoid the crash, but then I slipped. I’m disappointed mainly because the telemetry data didn’t reveal anything special and therefore we can’t understand the reason of the fall. Too bad, I was keeping a good pace and I could have my say in this race”.FAUSTO GRESINI“A tenth place finish is certainly not in line with our expectations, however Siméon today fought hard, struggling once again with the lack of grip that doesn’t allow him to exploit the potential of his bike. I'm sorry for Baldassarri, who fell quite inexplicably while he was doing a great race; this race was a nice chance for Lorenzo, who was keeping a good pace. Anyway, these are the races and now we look ahead”.

Published on : Jul 13 2014