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A Crash Slows Down Baldassarri's Work At Valencia
Posted by: newsla on Feb 12, 2014 - 06:19 AM
A Crash Slows Down Baldassarri's Work At Valencia

Three days after the private tests held last week at the Circuito de Almeria, Lorenzo Baldassarri was back in action today at Valencia for the first of the three official Moto2 pre-season tests. Riding the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter, the Italian was involved in an unusual crash, caused by accidental contact of his foot with the gearshift lever, after which the team decided to stop testing in the afternoon. Therefore Baldassarri, who is still committed to accumulate experience, was not given the chance to improve his time, 1'39 "475.


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At the end of this week the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 rider, Belgian Xavier Siméon, will remove the stitches to the wound on his chin, in order to be back in the saddle at Jerez on February 18th.

Baldassarri will ride again tomorrow for the second of the three days of testing at Ricardo Tormo circuit.

“Unfortunately I was not able to make the most of this first day due to a fall a bit unusual: while I was at full throttle I accidentally touched the gearshift lever - which we made ​​thicker after Almeria tests, to avoid some problems with my foot - and I lost the control because of the sudden downshift. At that point, given the low temperatures and the work to be done on the bike, we preferred not to ride in the afternoon. So, my today’s lap time it's not truthful: I started the day without pushing, then I couldn’t continue and improve. Anyway, over the next two days we can carry on the good work done so far”.

FABRIZIO CECCHINI (Technical Coordinator)
“Too bad for Baldassarri’s crash, but Lorenzo is doing a great job anyway. We must not forget that he is only 17 years old and that he’s a rookie in this category, so some problem related to inexperience must be put into account. The important thing is that he’s feeling comfortable on the bike. I see him riding in the proper manner, really smooth and flowing, so I think that Moto2 meets his characteristics. Tomorrow we will be back on track but we will continue to not give importance to the lap times: now Lorenzo only needs to learn and to have fun”.

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