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Simeon And Baldassarri Hit The Top Ten As Jerez Test Concludes
Posted by: newsla on Feb 21, 2014 - 06:17 AM
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Simeon And Baldassarri Hit The Top Ten As Jerez Test Concludes


The Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 and Xavier Siméon completed today a successful three days of testing at the Jerez circuit: despite the injury he suffered in early February in Almeria, which forced him to miss the previous two test sessions, the Belgian rider recovered quickly, hitting the top ten with the ninth fastest time overall over the three days - 1'42 "925 - with a very small gap from the top.

 

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Siméon also showed a good race pace, an equally positive aspect ahead of the first Grand Prix of the season, scheduled in just over a month.

Aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter machine, Lorenzo Baldassarri was also surprisingly fast during all the tests carried out during the month of February on Spanish soil; today, in particular, the young Italian signed the eighth fastest time in 1’42”923, making him the second quickest Moto2 rookie on the track, behind Sam Lowes, as well as the fastest among the debutants coming from Moto3.

The last meeting in preparation for the 2014 season is always scheduled at Jerez, from 11th to 13th of March, for a further three days of testing.

XAVIER SIMEON (1'42"925 - 68 LAPS)
“Today we made a big step forward: apart from the good lap time, I was able to keep a good pace, constantly lapping near the 1’43” mark, and this is important for race distance. The satisfaction is great because this was my first real test of the year and it’s nice to be already in the top ten; the team worked very well, yesterday we struggled a bit, but today the situation was a lot better”.

LORENZO BALDASSARRI (1'42"923 - 51 LAPS)
“I'm very happy, I honestly didn’t expect to be able to stay already in the top ten, it's a nice surprise! We worked well during all tests: in Almeria, Valencia and also here in Jerez we were able to improve more and more, calmly and step by step. Today we wanted to do a race simulation but we were not able to do it: after three consecutive days of testing I was a little tired. Now let's look at the last test, scheduled in March, where we will try to find more grip, which we still lack a bit, especially when the tyres start to wear out”.

FAUSTO GRESINI
“Both our riders achieved extraordinary results in this test: Siméon has recovered from the accident that occurred at Almeria and despite having missed the previous two tests, unlike his rivals, he was immediately competitive, making a good job in all these three days. We have to work a little bit on his bike in order to fit his driving style, but right now we are not far from the top. Baldassarri’s result is also fantastic: he was not only strong, but once again he proved to be really focused on his objectives. He still has a long way to go, but we will help him in his path of growth”.


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