Archive for March, 2019

Termas de Rio Hondo – ARGENTINA GRAND PRIX



  • Lenght: 4.806 mt.
  • Width: 16 mt.
  • Straight: 1.076 mt.
  • Left turns: 5
  • Right turns: 9


Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo is a motorsport circuit located in Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina. The circuit was created in 2007 and underwent a complete overhaul and rebuild process in 2012, based on design by the Italian circuit designer Jarno Zaffelli. The circuit hosted the third round of the Argentine motorcycle Grand Prix in 2014 and 2015, bringing Grand Prix motorcycle racing back to Argentina after fifteen years. In 2013, the circuit also hosted Rounds 15 and 16 of the FIA WTCC Race of Argentina of the World Touring Car Championship, and the first MotoGP and Moto2 official tests.




The Beta Tools Speed ​​Up team ends in points the Grand Prix Motul de la República Argentina with Jorge Navarro crossing the finish line in eighth place after 23 racing laps.

After a good start the young Spaniard struggled to find the race pace losing some positions in the first laps. As soon as he found the feeling with his Speed ​​Up he started to recover positions riding with an excellent pace. Too bad for the lead taken by the top riders’ group in the first few laps that didn’t allow the number nine of the team to go beyond the eighth position, but today’s performance confirms the progress achieved by rider and team and his high level of competitiveness.
Difficult race for teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio who couldn’t continue the race due to a pain in his left leg that forced him to return to the garage during the thirteenth lap. Nothing serious for the Roman rider who will be back on track for the third round of Moto2 in two weeks in Texas at the Grand Prix of the Americas from 12 to 14 April.

“The start was not bad, but in the first three laps I missed the decision and with the full tank I felt even less confident to brake and overtake. It was frustrating because I could be much faster in those laps, but I didn’t feel like taking the risk. Then the time came when I was able to find a good rhythm and recover the positions I had lost. I turned fast until the end of the race and I’m happy about this, I absolutely have to improve the first part of the race but we are in the right direction to do great things. I am really very happy with the work done this weekend and I thank my team very much for this. See you in Texas with a great desire to get back on track”.
“Bad today, very bad! We retired not because of a problem with the bike but my gear shifting. The gear was harder than normal and in the race I had a cramp on my left tibial and my foot was no longer moving and riding had become dangerous and so I decided to retire. Anyway, we know that we were fast enough this weekend and we worked well. Another experience then on our shoulders, we bring the positivity of this weekend to the next Grand Prix”.


The Argentinian qualifying ends the second day of the race weekend at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit and teams are preparing for the last changes before tomorrow’s race.

The Beta Tools Speed ​​Up riders leave the circuit with a half-smile for not having concluded the Q2 as expected after the excellent performances of both in the three free practice sessions.

The third practice of Navarro was amazing. He marked the fourth time of the three practices and went directly to Q2. He immediately started well in qualifying, finishing among the top positions but after a few laps the feeling with the bike changed and Jorge felt compelled to return to the garage, thus losing the last minutes of the session. He took eleventh in qualifying and he will start the race from the fourth row of the grid.

Even Di Giannantonio continues to amaze. With the twelfth time taken in fp3 he managed to get the direct access to the Q2 demonstrating his continuous growth. Unfortunately, a defective tyre compromised his performance during the qualifying ending the session with the eighteenth time. He will then start from the sixth row of tomorrow’s grid.

“This morning we made some changes from yesterday’s setting and I immediately found myself well. The bike gave me great sensations and in fact we finished fourth the fp3 although the pace was even more deserving and competitive. In qualifying we went out with the same bike and I don’t know why, due to the slightly rising temperature, but I didn’t have the same feeling with the front. On track I didn’t understand the reason and so I decided to go back to the garage but I didn’t realize that the times were tight and so when I got back on track I couldn’t make a competitive lap for the little time available. Anyway, I know I’m competitive and I’ll do my best tomorrow”.
“I am happy with this morning fp3 because a change to the bike has allowed us to take a step forward. Too bad for today’s Q2 because I think we found a defective tyre that didn’t allow us to ride as we should and how we could. In the end we are confident for tomorrow’s race, it will be tough but we will do our best to make again a good comeback”.


The first day of free practice sessions kicked off the second round of the Moto2 World Championship in Argentina. The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, in addition to being among the most technical and fast with a very long straight, often requires more effort on the part of riders of all classes due to the lack of grip, especially in Friday practice where the track is much dirtier.

The Beta Tools Speed ​​Up team’s riders faced the first two free practice sessions on the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, finishing with the eighth (Navarro 1’43.645) and the sixteenth time (Di Giannantonio 1’43.920) of the combined rankings.

Both riders improved their fast time in the second session after making changes to the setting and the tyre change, but are still not completely satisfied with the feeling with the bike. The gap from the first is very little for Jorge Navarro (-0.292) who amazes on the track after the rapid recovery from the crash in Qatar. Di Giannantonio instead had problems to the front, but in fp2 he improved the setting and his driving finished at -0.567 from the first.

JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 8th in 1’43.645
“A fairly positive first day, especially physically, I felt better than I hoped after the injury in Qatar. The knee still hurts a bit, but not when I get on the Speed ​​Up. With the team we did a good job, first with the hard tyre and towards the end with the soft one which for me will be the one we will use in the race. We still have to awork on the bike, I was hoping for something more but we have the time to look at the data collected and think of some solutions for tomorrow”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 16th in 1’43.920
“Today I am not very happy. This morning we had problems with the bike and the conditions weren’t perfect and I struggled to adapt to the track and the bike. The second session was better but we have to work on the front because it moves a lot and we suffer a lot from the holes. Head down and tomorrow we will try to enter Q2 directly”.





  • Length: 5.380 mt.
  • Width: 12 mt.
  • Straight: 1068 mt.
  • Left turns: 6
  • Right turns: 10


Losail International Circuit (also Lusail International Circuit) (حلبة لوسيل الدولية) is a motor racing circuit located just outside in the town of Lusail, north of Doha, Qatar.

Built in just under a year by 1,000 workers at the cost of $US 58 million, the track opened in 2004 to the inaugural Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar, won by Sete Gibernau. In addition the circuit hosted the 2006 Grand Prix Masters of Qatar won by Nigel Mansell.

The track is 5.380 km in length, with a main straight of just over a kilometre at 1,068 metres. It is surrounded by artificial grass to stop the sand encroaching on the track. It happens to be somewhat similar to the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.

In 2007, Losail added permanent outdoor lighting for night races. At the time, the lighting of the Losail Circuit by Musco Lighting was the largest permanent venue sports lighting project in the world, a distinction that now belongs to another Gulf motorsport venue, Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The first night race in MotoGP history was the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar in March 2008.




Uno strepitoso Di Giannantonio termina il suo primo Gran Premio nella classe Moto2 all’undicesimo posto dopo una rimonta sensazionale. Il rookie romano, dopo aver perso parecchie posizioni in partenza, riesce a trovare il feeling necessario per guadagnare terreno. Sorpasso dopo sorpasso arriva alla zona punti e supera ogni aspettativa raggiungendo l’undicesima posizione.

Jorge Navarro invece balza dalla moto poco dopo la partenza a causa di una frenata improvvisa dovuta ad un incidente avvenuto a pochi metri da lui. Il pilota spagnolo dopo la brutta caduta ha riportato diverse contusioni e tre punti sul ginocchio destro, ma fortunatamente non sembra nulla di grave.

Il bilancio, nonostante la caduta di Navarro, è comunque positivo grazie al progresso raggiunto dai due piloti Speed Up nel corso del weekend. Il feeling con le Speed Up SF19T è di molto migliorato in questa prima gara e Jorge e Fabio sono pronti a continuare i miglioramenti raggiunti finora per poter essere più competitivi nel prossimo Gran Premio di Argentina.

JORGE NAVARRO#9 – non classificato
“Sono deluso ed arrabbiato perché non meritavamo di finire così questo gran premio per qualcosa che non si può controllare quando altri piloti ti cadono davanti. Ho provato a frenare appena ho visto quello che stava accadendo perché non avevo altra soluzione, ma ho bloccato la ruota posteriore, perso grip e son balzato in aria. Alla fine mi hanno dato tre punti al ginocchio destro, spero non sia nulla di grave. Farò ulteriori accertamenti appena arriverò a casa, ma ce la metterò tutta per ritornare al meglio per il Gran Premio di Argentina. È un peccato perché credo potevo stare tra i primi, ma dobbiamo guardare avanti e continuare a lottare!”
“Contentissimo! Non mi aspettavo così la prima gara! Ho commesso un errore in partenza, ma alla fine sono riuscito a recuperare le posizioni perse e molte di più di quelle previste. Non mi aspettavo neanche di avere questo passo e invece più giravo più andavo forte quindi tutto benissimo! Con i ragazzi bene bene bene, abbiamo trovato la quadra per la gara che era fondamentale per prendere i punti. Quindi bene, più 5 sulla classifica generale!”



The +EGO Speed ​​Up team’s riders, Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio, are determined to achieve positive results in the opening round of the Moto2 World Championship to be held under the spotlight of Losail International circuit at 6:20 pm (local time), in Qatar.

Today, for the first time, the Moto2 class faced the double qualification as the MotoGP class. Jorge Navarro reached the direct access to the Q2 thanks to the sixth time of the combined free practice. It was a qualifying little bit difficult for the number nine of the team that placed twelfth and will start tomorrow from the fourth row. Unfortunately, the feeling was not the same as the previous days and the wind made the driving conditions more difficult than usual, but in the race everything can change and he is determined to do so.

Di Giannantonio instead has faced the Q1 after the twenty-first time got in the combined free practice. The young rookie had almost made it to gain access to the Q2 to then fight for the pole with the fastest, but the fastest lap of his qualifying was eliminated for having passed the kerb. Fabio will start the race from the seventh row in nineteenth position determined to recover as much positions as possibile.

JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 12th in 1’59.325
“Today we continued to work according to how we had planned. In the fp3 there were not the right conditions to try and we could not get good solutions. Even in qualifying, unfortunately I could not give my best because of the strong wind that made the driving definitely more unstable. I’m not at all happy but we have to look ahead because we have had a good pace throughout the week and tomorrow in the race we can be competitive!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 19th in 1’59.754
“Overall good! Compared to yesterday we improved a lot, increasing above all the feeling with the bike. In Q1 we did two good laps only that the lap that brought us the Q2 was eliminated cause out of the allowed area. Tomorrow we can have a good race, we will certainly use the warm up to try to improve a bit more. The goal is to make points and then I’ll do it all”.



The first day of free practice of the first Grand Prix of the 2019 Moto2 World Championship has just come to an end. The +EGO Speed ​​Up team staff is excited for the new season that even this year will touch 19 circuits in 15 countries of the world.

The first session of the Grand Prix of Qatar took place under a bright sun with the asphalt temperature reaching 39 degrees. In the second round the sun went down, bringing the temperature down to 22 degrees. Navarro wasted no time, and already from the first practice he pointed out his competitiveness. At the end of the day he placed sixth with a gap of only four tenths from the first.

On the other side of the box, Fabio Di Giannantonio and his technical staff focused on bike setting by trying different solutions. He finished the first day twenty-first with a good margin for improvement.

JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 6th in 1’59.036
It was a positive day. We were immediately competitive even if I made a small mistake a few laps from the beginning and I slipped for the little feeling. In fp2 we started with the rear tire used to see how much grip we had and I must say that I had very positive feelings both on grip and on the pace. We have to improve in T1 which is the sector in which we lose more time and we must therefore understand what we are wrong, but in general it went well
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 21st in 1’59.831
“First day not exactly as I expected because after the tests of the last I expected to leave better. We are trying a bit ‘of things, especially on the engine brake and power. There is still a lot of work to do but I remain positive because we still have some time to do well from tomorrow”.



The third day on track at Losail concluded the last official test before the start of the Motorcycle World Championship in Qatar. They were three days of hard work for the + EGO Speed ​​Up team in which Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio were able to continue the work started in the previous pre-season tests, measuring the potential of the Speed ​​Up SF19T bikes on a circuit different from those tested so far.

Navarro confirmed the good results of the last test in Jerez obtaining his best lap in 1’58.923 in the last session after continuous progress. At the end of the three days, he is seventh by less than five tenths from the first.

Even the rookie Di Giannantonio finished the last pre-season test with a smile showing huge improvements and an increasing feeling with the bike and with the team. He got nineteenth position in the 3-day combined ranking in 1’59.407 by four tenths from the top ten.

Jorge Navarro#9: “I’m happy cause in these three days of testing we worked a lot on the bike and we also focused on my driving improving every day. We have tried many solutions and even if we have not yet found the set-up with which I feel completely at ease, we managed to make a good lap and above all to find a consistent rhythm. We are ready for the first race and we cannot wait to get back on track!
Fabio Di Giannantonio#21: “Three really positive days of testing. We are closer to the first thanks to the progress we made sin each session after several changes and tests in which we understood the direction to take. I like the bike more and more, I’m adapting a lot to riding a moto2 and so we are satisfied with the steps taken so far. Obviously, we are a bit ‘far from the first, but we are not too worried because we have all the time and the desire to improve!”

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