After being forced to miss the first two pre-season tests of 2014 at Almeria and Valencia, Xavier Siméon was back on track today for the first of three days of testing scheduled at the Jerez circuit: the Belgian rider, who suffered a deep wound to his chin in the crash of last February 6th at Almeria, was back in the saddle of his Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter machine, concentrating today to pick up the rhythm. Despite damp track conditions in the morning, due to overnight rain, Xavier managed to collect 74 laps at the end of the day, setting a lap time of 1’44”226, being the 13th of 33 riders on track. On the other side of the garage, rookie Lorenzo Baldassarri continued his apprenticeship aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter machine, starting from the good base found last week in Valencia. The 17-year-old Italian, who had already rode a Moto2 bike on the Jerez circuit last November, has been able to see first hand the progress made in the last few weeks, signing at the end of the day a positive 1’44”912. Testing will resume tomorrow for the second of three days scheduled at the Andalusian track.
XAVIER SIMEON (1'44"226 - 74 LAPS)
“Being back on the track it’s been a bit strange, initially: first of all, I wanted to avoid mistakes, as happened in Almeria, so I approached this first day of testing progressing step by step. All in all I am satisfied with the lap time we obtained today, considering that this it’s been my first real test since last November, but of course we want to improve a lot tomorrow. Physically I feel pretty good, definitely better than expected: until yesterday, in fact, my neck was hurting a lot, but today it was ok. The injuries to the chin and teeth don’t give me any trouble while I'm riding”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (1'44"912 - 62 LAPS)
“Today was not bad at all! I’m only disappointed for the final part of the day: I wanted to improve my lap time because I was feeling really good with my bike, but unfortunately I couldn’t do it because of the traffic. Aside from that, I'm satisfied about today’s outcome: I had already tried the Moto2 here at the Jerez circuit last November and thanks to the tests carried out in the past few weeks today I noticed several improvements in my riding style. Tomorrow I will continue to work with the team, but I'd like to keep a bit of energy for the third and final day of testing, in which we would like to try a race simulation”.
"I'm glad that Simeon is back on track after the injuries he suffered at Almeria: Xavier today has finally made its first real test of 2014 and I'm pleased with how it went, considering that it is still not yet at his full strength. A good start that was needed. Baldassari needs to do a lot of miles: riding a Moto2, stepping up from Moto3, is not easy, but Lorenzo is working well to better understand the behavior of this bike and to gain the right experience to make a qualitative leap ahead of the first races. Tomorrow we will be back on track to continue working in this direction, without hurry”.