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Posted by: newsla on Aug 11, 2014 - 06:19 AM
Simeon Crashes Out Of Indy GP Baldassarri Takes Hard Fought 17th

The second round on American soil of the 2014 Moto2 World Championship saw the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 leaving the US empty handed: Xavier Siméon has infact been forced to retire following a crash on lap four of the Indianapolis Grand Prix, while Lorenzo Baldassarri, despite a brilliant comeback from 32nd place on the grid to the 17th position under the chequered flag, narrowly missed out on the points.


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At the second start, following the interruption of the race due to an accident involving Mattia Pasini and Randy Krummenacher, Siméon was immediately in tenth position and he was confident he can fight for a good result. In an attempt to overtake Takaaki Nakagami, hovewer, the Belgian lost the front and crashed.

The Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Team is now heading to Europe for the Czech Republic Grand Prix, round number 12 of the Championship scheduled in one week.

“Too bad, I made ​​two good starts and I was feeling very comfortable: the bike was working well thanks to a good set-up change, but unfortunately in an attempt to overtake Nakagami I lost the front and I crashed. I do not know really what to say, except that I am very disappointed. We work hard and the team is supporting me at its maximum, but often for a small mistake we pay a very high price. In this season we are proving to be competitive, but for various reasons we can’t get what we deserve. I hope that the luck will be on our side very soon”.

“All in all I'm happy with my race, because starting so far back I knew it would have been very difficult to stay out of trouble. I was calm in the early laps, then I started to recover because I was feeling good, even though I was on the limit. I needed a lot of strength to ride my bike and at a certain point I started to feel really tired. This should not happen, but I started to make mistakes and I lost the front, as happened at the Sachsenring, so at that point I decided to bring home the result without risking too much”.

“Unfortunately here in Indianapolis we have experienced a disastrous weekend: Siméon was not able to see the finish line and the disappointment is so great, because we had high expectations after the long summer break, but again we go home without collecting points. Baldassarri rode very well, making a nice comeback and giving up only in the latter part of the race, since he came close to a crash: starting so far back we knew it would have been difficult to finish in the points, but Lorenzo was nevertheless good to get close to it”.

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