Xavier Siméon took the tenth position today aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter machine at the end of the first two free practice sessions held today at Misano under the rain, which made the track very tricky: the Belgian rider, who used for the first time a new suspension configuration, set the time of 1’54”150 in the afternoon session.Satisfaction also in the Team Gresini Moto2 garage, where Lorenzo Baldassarri closed this complicated first day of practice with a good eleventh best time, 1’54”286.Both riders, however, have not risked too much, waiting for an improvement in the weather conditions expected for tomorrow.
XAVIER SIMEON (10th - 1'54"150)“Today the conditions were very difficult: this track is very strange with the rain, because it offers a good grip and gives you enough confidence, but it does not take much to crash, therefore it was very risky to ride and we had to be very careful. Today we used for the first time a new suspension and in these cases it’s definitely not easy to reach immediately the right confidence, especially in the wet. We are happy because we did a good job; tomorrow very likely the track will be dry, so we will start again from scratch and try to do our best”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (11th - 1'54"286)“This morning I crashed, while in the afternoon the situation was better: I could work on the bike set-up and I went faster, so that by mid-session I was also in third position. In the final stages of the second session I went out on track to try another change on the bike, but I felt that the rear was too nervous on bumps, so I decided not to risk too much, also because it would not be useful today, as tomorrow the track should be dry”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “As happened in the other categories, also the Moto2 had to deal with very difficult conditions today: the final position in the combined classification is good for both Siméon and Baldassarri, but in the end we didn’t risk too much, since tomorrow should be a dry day”.