The French Grand Prix is unfortunately finished very early today at Le Mans for Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2: after a good start, in which he managed to recover two positions, the Belgian rider crashed during the first lap, at the entrance of Turn 9. Though he was not pushing hard, Siméon has suddenly lost the front and was forced to retire after the fall. Lorenzo Baldassarri was instead able to cross the finish line aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter machine in 20th position, despite the Italian rookie raced with an injured right foot as a result of yesterday’s high side during qualifying.
XAVIER SIMEON (DNF) “I’m very sorry for the team and for all the fans who came to see me from Belgium. I made a good start but then I suddenly lost the front under braking at turn 9 and honestly I can’t give an explanation of what happened: I was still straight and I started to brake twenty meters earlier than usual, so I was not forcing. Despite difficult practice sessions, in which we have always been a bit far from the top, this morning in the Warm Up the situation had improved, so we thought we could have a good race, with a good rhythm. Too bad for the crash: now we have to stay focused and for sure this episode will not change my approach for the forthcoming races”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (20th) “I’m happy because I achieved my goal, that was crossing the finish line: I wanted to race despite the injury and the choice turned out to be right: this race it’s been very useful to gather experience because in all the other occasions – apart from Argentina where, however, I have been hampered by an engine oil leak - I was not able to finish the race. I felt a bit of pain in my right foot only in the early stages, although later my left shoulder started to hurt, because I was pushing hard on the left side to compensate the lack of strength on the right side, so in the end I struggled”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “Unfortunately Simeon has not even finished the first lap: we analyzed the data, and apparently Xavier didn’t make any mistake, so it was a very strange fall. It’s a pity, because we knew we could have done a good race. I’m glad that Baldassarri crossed the finish line: it was important for him to race, regardless of the result, in order to get more confidence and gather as much information as possible ahead of the upcoming events”.