RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS: CORSI REPEATS ARGENTINIAN COMEBACK AND SCORES SEVENTH PLACE, BASSANI TWENTY-FOURTH IMPROVES
After the Speed Up SF7 positive performance at Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, Simone Corsi repeats the Argentine comeback by making an excellent race again here in Austin. Positive signs of improvement for the rookie Axel Bassani at his first Gp of the Americas.
Both the two Speed Up riders, together with their engineers, use the warm up in the morning to find the right setup for the race.
Once again, the Roman rider, 17th on the grid, immediately starts the climb towards the top riders and after seven laps he is already seventh. Rookie Bassani recovers the right confidence with the bike and gets good feedback on the race pace.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 7°
“I am happy with the result even if we could do more and fight for the fifth position. I decided to do not take the risk as I felt I was on the limit with the bike. Unfortunately, we still have chattering problems that annoys us. As soon as we find a solution, I am sure we will reduce the gap from the top riders. Anyway, we are happy for the comeback and very positive for next race in Jerez!”
AXEL BASSANI#47 – 24°
“We only managed today to improve more than a second and six tenths the lap time, I am sorry for this because I could have done a better qualifying if yesterday I would had ridden as today and so start from a better position. In any case, we are happy because we improved a lot and I feel better with the bike. I can’t wait for Jerez Gp, finally a track that I know very well!!”
SIXTH AND ELEVENTH ROW FOR SPEED UP TEAM RIDERS IN GP OF THE AMERICAS QUALIFYING AT AUSTIN
The latest Moto2 practice sessions on the Austin circuit has just concluded. Speed Up bikes placed seventeenth with Simone Corsi and thirty-second with rookie Axel Bassani. The two riders will start tomorrow from the sixth and eleventh row on the grid.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 17TH
“I’m not happy with the position at all. During qualifying session, we were able to figure out what changes to make to the bike and we will test them tomorrow during the warm up. We’re working hard to fix the setting. Today I missed the incisiveness on the single lap, I could not use the tyre as I could. I’m still determined to make a good race and grab as many positions as I did in Argentina!”
AXEL BASSANI#47 – 32ND
“I’m sorry about the position, but most of all I’m very disappointed because I did not improve yesterday’s time. I have to increase the feeling with the bike, find the right setup and get in closer to the track. There is still a lot to do, but I’m ready to fight for a better result!”
GP OF THE AMERICAS. FIRST DAY OF FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS FOR SPEED UP TEAM
The round 3 to be held this weekend at the modern Circuit of the Americas near Austin (Texas) has started. Speed Up rider Simone Corsi concluded the first day of free practice with some chattering problems. During the first session, he placed tenth with a lap time of 2’12.533, nine tenths gap. The rider managed to improve his lap time in session 2 but not the position, concluding the session seventeenth in 2’11.913.
For the first time in this complicated track, Speed Up rookie Axel Bassani familiarized with the circuit from the beginning and tried together with the team to find a good bike setup. He concluded thirty-first in 2’14.085.
“I am not happy with today. I struggled to much on track because of some chattering problems. I couldn’t push more and accelerate well because the bike tended to move around a lot. Tomorrow we will work to solve these chattering problems and find the right setting for the qualifying”.
“I think we started well. This morning I had a good feeling with the bike, but in the afternoon we tried a different setup that was not as good as the first one because I started feeling some chattering problems when riding the second session. This circuit is very demanding, very long and with a lot of turns, but I like it, even if it is easy to make mistakes. I hope I will improve in qualifying, I will do my best!”
GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPUBLICA DE ARGENTINA: SUPERB COMEBACK FOR CORSI, GOOD START FOR BASSANI.
Speed Up riders Corsi and Bassani finished the second race of the 2017 season at Termas de Rio Hondo circuit respectively in sixth and twenty-fifth position.
Although Simone was heavily penalized starting from the seventh row of the grid due to wet qualifying, he managed to keep a good race pace realizing a series of overtakings and fighting till the end of the competition for the sixth position.
Axel Bassani, in his Moto2 debut, crossed the finish line twenty-fifth concluding his race with the first step toward his growth.
SIMONE CORSI#24 -6th- in 40’14.819
“I am very satisfied with what we did in today’s race. We have been penalized from the grid position, unfortunately the qualifying session was compromised by the constant rain. We worked very hard with the team during all the weekend and we was able to find the right bike setting for the dry race. We are looking forward to the next Gp in Texas, where we will continue in this way”.
AXEL BASSANI#47 -25°– in 40’52.149
“We didn’t do so bad. I know we can significantly improve and aspire to a better position, but it’s also the first race, there are many others in which I will do my best. I want to thank my team for working hard and support me at any time”.
QUALIFYING SESSION OF THE GRAN PRIX MOTUL DE LA REPUBLICA ARGENTINA: SEVENTH ROW FOR CORSI AND TENTH FOR BASSANI
Under a light but constant rain the qualifying session of Moto2 has just ended at Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. Due to track difficult driving conditions, Simone Corsi could not repeat the fifth placement achieved during the morning third free practice. He will start the race nineteenth from the seventh row.
Teammate Axel Bassani, ends the qualifying twenty-ninth. The rain did not facilitate driving conditions, but waiting for a dry race, Speed Up rookie stay enthusiastic and ready to fight.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 19th in 1’46.943
“We started with rain tires than changed to slick because of variable track conditions. I felt uncomfortable with that situation. Unfortunately, qualifying partly compromised tomorrow’s race, but I am confident because with dry track we are fast”.
AXEL BASSANI#47 – 29th in 1’48.243
“The morning session was good, but in the afternoon driving was more complicated. I made mistakes in a few laps so we couldn’t do what we expected. I am determined for tomorrow’s race, I will do my best”.
FIRST AND SECOND SESSIONS OF FREE PRACTICE FOR THE SPEED UP SF7 BIKES AT TERMASDE RIO HONDO CIRCUIT
CORSI WITH A GOOD EIGHTH PLACE DESPITE A HARMLESS SLIDE. BASSANI IMPROVES THE FEELING
The first day of the Argentinian GP weekend at Rio Hondo circuit has just ended.
Simone Corsi finished in a good position, eighth in 1’44.651 (but less than 5 tenths from first place) despite a slide in the first session and some setting problems than solved during the second free practice.
Axel Bassani, at his first official session in the World Championship class Moto2, finished the session day with a best lap time of 1’46.265. A productive day for the youngest of the team, who on his first time in the Argentine track seems to promise great improvements.
“This morning we had some problems with the bike setting that we solved in the afternoon. I am very happy with the two sessions today as I managed to stay in the first positions until almost the end of the second session. I hope the weather will remain the same throughout the weekend because we got the right setting for the dry track and I feel I can compete”.
“Today went quite well. We worked a lot with the team and I have already a good feeling with the bike and with the new track. I know we can do more. Tomorrow we will try to reduce the gap during the last session. I want to thank the team for the work they are doing, I’m really happy with them”.
Speed Up team is fully back: Corsi and Bassani ready for the next Argentina GP
Speed Up Press Office – April 4
Simone Corsi and Axel Bassani are now leaving for the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina along with their team, where from 7th to 9th April will be held the second Grand Prix of the 2017 season. The young Bassani is ready for his first race in the MotoGP World Championship, class Moto2, and feels very excited to finally start his adventure riding the Speed Up SF7.
The first practice session starts on Friday April 7th at 3.55 pm, Italian time. The second session will follow at 8.05 pm. Same times on Saturday, final free practice at 3.55 pm and qualifying session at 8.05 pm. Warm up starts at 3.10 pm of Sunday and the race at 7.20 pm.
“I can’t wait to start and meet again my team to continue what we’ve begun during winter tests! I feel excited and positive for my debut in Argentina. I know it will be tough, for sure by now. The new class is hard to face, but I am ready to do my best, to grow up and learn as much as possible from my team and the other riders, mostly from the experts. I hope I will get some good results. And now, let’s give full gas!”