Aug 9 2014

SIXTH ROW FOR SIMEON AFTER UNLUCKY INDY QUALIFYING. BALDASSARRI HOPES TO BOUNCE BACK

SIXTH ROW FOR SIMEON AFTER UNLUCKY INDY QUALIFYING. BALDASSARRI HOPES TO BOUNCE BACK

The Indianapolis Grand Prix will start uphill for Xavier Simeon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2: the Belgian rider will start from the sixth row of the grid tomorrow with the 16th fastest time, 1'37”981, after an unlucky qualifying session that saw him hit by home rider Josh Herrin in the final stages of the qualifying, just when Xavier was preparing for his last fast lap attempt with new tyres. Without that crash, Siméon could climb a few places in the standings, given the limited gap from the riders that tomorrow will start the race in fron of him: the second row is in fact is just over 0.4 seconds away. Lorenzo Baldassarri instead produced today a disappointing performance: the 17-year-old Italian struggled to find the right feeling with the front, then was slowed by traffic and couldn’t replicate the lap times achieved this morning, finding himself in 32nd position with 1’39”084. XAVIER SIMEON (16th - 1'37"981)“I’m very angry, because at the end of the qualifying session, just when I was preparing to make my fast lap with new tyres, Herrin braked so late to hit me, making me fall... I was able to rejoin the track and I did two laps, but the handlebar was bent so I couldn’t improve my lap times. The bike today was better than yesterday, we would have definitely been able to get a better position on the grid. Tomorrow we will try to make a good start to recover some positions, then it will be important to manage the tyre life to be consistent in the final stages of the race”. LORENZO BALDASSARRI (32nd - 1'39"084)“Today was really a disaster, I could not even do a clean lap during the qualifying. At the beginning I lost the front end and I lost confidence then, in the end, I never found a clean lap because of the the traffic; in addition, trying to find my way through the traffic, I took a different line and Cortese hit me, making me fall. In the end, my lap time is very bad and I am very disappointed. However, tomorrow is another day: today everything went wrong, tomorrow we hope to make a nice comeback”.FAUSTO GRESINI“We cannot be satisfied with today’s results: Siméon was hit by another rider in the final stages of the session, and this prevented him from improving his lap time. Without this disadvantage probably Xavier could get a better position on the grid, although it is clear that we are struggling more than expected. Baldassarri made a disappointing qualifying, with higher lap times than those obtained during this morning’s practice, and this is quite inexplicable; we hope that Lorenzo may bounce back in the race, even if tomorrow he will start from the back of the grid”.

Published on : Aug 9 2014