Sep 26 2014

SIMEON REDUCES THE GAP FROM THE TOP WHILE BALDASSARRI REGAINS CONFIDENCE

SIMEON REDUCES THE GAP FROM THE TOP WHILE BALDASSARRI REGAINS CONFIDENCE

Xavier Siméon will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Aragon from the fifth row of the grid aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter machine: the Belgian set the fourteenth fastest time, posting a lap of 1’54”798 during this afternoon’s qualifying session - just 0.7 seconds off the pole position, set by Spaniard Maverick Vinales. A small gap that marks an improvement over the recent races and which bodes well ahead of the scheduled 21 laps tomorrow.After facing three complicated free practice sessions, in the garage of the Team Gresini Moto2 Lorenzo Baldassarri was able to solve during qualifying the problems that had slowed him down so far, regaining the right confidence with the front-end of his Suter: the Italian will be forced to start back in 25th place, but at he’s looking for a comeback in the race.

XAVIER SIMEON (14th - 1'54"798) “I’m happy because compared to other races today we managed to improve a little the starting position, but mainly because we reduced the gap to the front and this means that we are on the right direction. I have to find back the mindset and feelings of the beginning of the season: the many crashes and all the changes on the set-up made me confused, but now I’m returning to a good level, session after session. I want to thank the team because this morning I destroyed the bike in a crash and the boys did a great job to give me a bike in perfect condition for qualifying. We definitely want to stay ahead, but I'm happy because the gap from the other riders now is limited and this is a good sign for tomorrow’s race”.

LORENZO BALDASSARRI (25th - 1'55"401) “We finally found the right feeling with the front-end and now I’m coming back to ride this bike properly; in qualifying, however, there was little time left to push. When I put the tyre for the fast lap I was going fast, following Vinales, but I did a mistake shifting gears into a corner, losing a lot of time; then I improved my lap time, but when I no longer had rear grip. I'm confident for tomorrow, I feel that I can make a comeback”.

FAUSTO GRESINI “Regardless of the position, Siméon’s gap from the fastest is not high, and this is undoubtedly a good sign: we hope that this can be the beginning of a path that can bring us back competitive as we were early in the season. Baldassarri so far faced a troubled weekend and consequently failed to make the most of qualifying, but Lorenzo seems to have found a solution to his problems. We expect another difficult race, but we are ready to fight”.

Published on : Sep 26 2014