Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 were back in action today for the first day of practice of the Grand Prix of Aragon, closing the combined classification of the first two sessions in sixteenth position: with a lap time of 1’55”106, obtained in the afternoon, the Belgian rider improved by just over a tenth of a second compared to the limit set in the morning. An increase lower than expected, given that Siméon declared himself happy with the sensations he felt riding his Suter, which make him confident ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying battle. Aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter machine, Lorenzo Baldassarri struggled with understeer and lack of front end feeling, closing the day back in 29th position, with no improvement in the afternoon session.
XAVIER SIMEON (16th- 1'55"106) “This morning we were on the right path and we thought we could improve more in the afternoon, but we struggled more than expected. In any case, we have already identified our problems thanks to the data collected in the tests we had carried out here at the end of June, so we are not worried. We used a new tyre only at the very end of the second session, for the last two laps; if we had used it before maybe now we would be in a more advanced position, but, as I said, I'm not worried. The feeling with the bike is not perfect yet, but still good. Tomorrow we will do a lot better, I am convinced of it.”
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (29th - 1'55"792) “Unfortunately I couldn’t improve my lap time in the afternoon session: I did some set-up work on the bike and especially in the final stages I put a front tyre which has not given me the necessary confidence to push; Compared to the tests carried out here last June I miss front end feeling: we need to work on this aspect. We will try to use a similar set-up to that of the test, because at the moment I always struggle to close the line on the corners.”
FAUSTO GRESINI “Simeon started the day well, but he didn’t improve much in the afternoon; anyway, regardless of the position in the timesheets, Xavier reached a good feeling with the bike, so we can say we have a glimpse of an improvement compared to the last few races, which were undoubtedly difficult. Tomorrow it will be important to fight for a good position in qualifying and we are confident to do so. Baldassarri tomorrow will try a set-up that last June, in the tests carried out here at Aragon, had allowed him to be fast, so we hope that this comparison will allow him to regain confidence and speed.”Published on : Sep 25 2014