Oct 11 2014

SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR SIMEON AND BALDASSARRI IN TIGHT MOTEGI QUALIFYING

SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR SIMEON AND BALDASSARRI IN TIGHT MOTEGI QUALIFYING

Xavier Siméon will start from thirteenth on the grid for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Japan aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter machine: an encouraging result which is an improvement compared with the performance obtained in qualifying in the last five races. The 25-year-old Belgian rider limited to less than 0.8 seconds the gap from the pole position time, thanks to a new chassis geometry that allowed him to regain competitiveness and good feelings.Also in the Team Gresini Moto2 garage has been made good progress, with Lorenzo Baldassarri who lowered by almost two seconds his lap time from yesterday’s first free practice session as a proof of steady growth over the weekend. The Italian rookie will start from the 21st position and he will try to take a further step looking for a better rear grip during tomorrow morning’s warm up. XAVIER SIMEON (13th - 1'51"653)“I’m very happy because today we took a big step forward with the bike set-up, regaining a good feeling with the bike. We made ​​a change to the chassis geometry that immediately proved to be effective and has allowed me to keep a good pace. I’m just a little disappointed about the final position on the grid, which does not demonstrate how much we worked well today: losing the second row for so little is frustrating, but the important thing is that the sensations are good. This is a good sign ahead of tomorrow and hopefully also for the upcoming races”. LORENZO BALDASSARRI (21st - 1'52"293)“Yesterday we started the weekend in a very bad way, but the positive thing is that we improved steadily in every session. Now my lap times are better and also the grid position: it means that we are returning to the attack, even if something is still missing. Tomorrow we will continue to work, focusing especially on the rear end, where there is still a lack of grip. My pace is good, so if tomorrow we can make another step forward we can have a good race”.

Published on : Oct 11 2014