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A Hard Day's Work For Simeon At Jerez Baldassarri Fastest Italian Rider On Track
Posted by: newsla on Mar 12, 2014 - 07:01 AM
A Hard Day's Work For Simeon At Jerez Baldassarri Fastest Italian Rider On Track

About twenty days after the last test carried out at Jerez, the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 was back in action today at the Andalusian circuit for the final pre-season testing session before leaving for Qatar, where is scheduled later this month the Grand Prix of the 2014 Moto2 World Championship.


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In the first of three days of testing scheduled at Jerez Xavier Siméon completed no less than 69 laps, performing various set-up adjustments on his Suter MMX2 : the Belgian rider unfortunately did not manage to find a good compromise that would ensure him a good level of grip at the rear and at the same time a good front end feeling. After a great start in the first morning session, Xavier was therefore not able to improve his pace, setting a best time of 1’43”704.

In the Team Gresini Moto2’s garage the first day of testing has been incredibly positive, with Lorenzo Baldassarri that was has already able to run at a very good pace, already getting close to the lap times obtained at the end of the previous test in Jerez, putting himself in seventh place overall, and fastest Italian rider on today’s combined classification. The young rookie, who will try tomorrow his first race simulation onboard a Moto2 machine, completed a total of 62 laps, the quickest in 1’43”299.

XAVIER SIMEON (1'43"704 - 69 LAPS)
“This first day of testing started very well, because we were immediately quite fast, but in the afternoon, despite several changes to the bike, we were no longer able to improve our lap time, so I'm not completely satisfied: we've probably done something wrong , losing a bit of front end feeling looking for more edge grip at the rear. Tomorrow we will take a step back and we will continue to work to try and improve”.

“I'm really happy! Today, despite windy conditions, I was able to approach the lap times I had obtained at the end of the previous test here at Jerez in late February. Moreover, today I’ve often used worn tyres, in order to get used to these conditions, and tomorrow we will deepen even further this aspect: in fact, we are planning a first race simulation, to assess the tyre wear over full race distance”.

“This last pre-season test before leaving for Qatar is really important, and the atmosphere is starting to be more exciting. We are very please about the first day: as alwasy done during this winter, we resumed the work with the right attitude, showing again a good level of competitiveness. Baldassarri, above all, is a good surprise for us: he’s fast, determined and very focused, and his apprenticeship is going better than we expected. Siméon encountered some difficulties today, but we are not worried; Xavier is an experienced rider and for sure he knows that it is important to understand together with the team how to solve these set-up problems before the beginning of the season”.

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