Oct 17 2014

SIMEON IN LINE WITH THE FASTEST IN PHILLIP ISLAND QUALIFYING. BALDASSARRI 18th

PHILLIP ISLAND QUALIFYING

The Australian Grand Prix challenge will start tomorrow from the third row of the grid for Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2: during this afternoon’s qualifying session at Phillip Island the Belgian rider returned into the top ten aboard his Suter machine, getting the ninth fastest time, less than half a second off the pole position time, set by Spaniard Esteve Rabat.

Both this morning in the third and final free practice session and during the whole Qualifying session Siméon sported an excellent pace, constantly improving his lap times and finally closing the day with 1’32”960.

Aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter, Lorenzo Baldassarri scored his second best qualifying performance of the season, after the 12th place obtained last July at the Sachsenring. The Italian rookie claimed the 18th place with 1’33”379.

XAVIER SIMEON (9th - 1'32"960) “Yesterday I was not worried about our performance, in fact this morning we were immediately back in the top ten setting good lap times, then in qualifying we made anothe small change to the bike looking for a few more tenths improvement. I have always maintained a good pace, constantly improving: I’m happy with the work we did today: we are competitive and this gives us great confidence. Starting from the third row is positive: however, we expect a hard-fought race tomorrow. I don’t know if we can fight for a podium finish, but we are all very close. We will continue to work to try to shave off one or two tenths more ahead of the race”.

LORENZO BALDASSARRI (18th - 1'33"379) “It was a tough but positive Qualifying session: in the end I got a good lap time and above all we understood how to work on the bike to fix the understeer I had during practice. Tomorrow we can be competitive: I think I can maintain a good pace, under the 1’34” mark, so I hope to get a good start and fight for a good result”.

Published on : Oct 17 2014