Oct 19 2014

SIMEON BLAZES TO SECOND CONSECUTIVE TOP TEN FINISH. BALDASSARRI SCORES 2 POINTS

SIMEON BLAZES TO SECOND CONSECUTIVE TOP TEN FINISH. BALDASSARRI SCORES 2 POINTS

After the tenth place finish claimed one week ago at Motegi, Xavier Siméon collected another positive top ten finish in today’s Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, crossing the finish line in ninth place.Aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter machine, the 25-year-old Belgian rider lost ground in the early stages due to a mistake the, despite the strong wind, he managed to maintain a good pace, gaining positions and engaging a good fight with Torres, Morbidelli and Aegerter. The latter was then able to beat Simeon in the final sprint for only 6 milliseconds.Aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter, rookie Lorenzo Baldassarri scored his third points scoring finish of the season, after those collected in Barcelona and Assen, thanks to the 14th place: the 17-year-old Italian, started eighteenth, overtook Jonas Folger with a great last lap, thus collecting 2 points. XAVIER SIMEON (9th)“I’m happy with this result, even though at the beginning of the race I did a mistake, going wide and losing several positions. I was able to recover, though actually the strong wind complicated things and it was difficult to repeat the same pace we put on display yesterday. Anyway, I enjoyed a lot the fight with Aegerter, Torres and Morbidelli: we overtook each other so many times! I'm just a little disappointed for having lose the eighth place to the finish line for just 6 thousandths of a second. Like we did in Japan, we hit the top ten again: now we have under our belt two good races that give us great confidence after a negative period”. LORENZO BALDASSARRI (14th)“I’m very happy! Before the race I was confident and I knew that a points scoring finish was a reasonable target, but in the beginning of the race I struggled to be fast, losing time in the fight with other riders and still suffering understeer issues going into fast corners, also because of the strong wind. Later on also the rear grip started to drop down, but towards the end of the race I was able to change my way of riding and I was able to manage the bike in a better way. Therefore I reached the group of riders in front of me and on the very last lap and I also passed Folger, setting my fastest lap time of the race”.

Published on : Oct 19 2014