BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
DI GIANNANTONIO ONE STEP AWAY FROM THE TOP TEN IN THE DUTCH GRAND PRIX. NAVARRO CRASHES IN LAP 11.
Difficult race at the Cathedral of Speed for Beta Tools Speed Up team riders.
Di Giannantonio crossed the finish line eleventh after 24 laps ridden at the limit. A positive weekend for the number 21 of the team with some problems solved and confidence gained in the Speed Up guide. In the race Fabio did his best, finishing once again in the points although some vibration problems at the front of the bike put him to the test.
Unfortunately, Jorge Navarro couldn’t finish the race at the legendary TT Circuit Assen. At the end of the eleventh lap the Spaniard crashed in the last chicane finishing his TT Assen early. A complicated weekend from which learn to come back stronger than before.
Moto2 does not stop and moves to Germany for the ninth round of the World Championship, 5-6-7 July at the Sachsenring.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 11th “A result that we did not expect after a tough weekend in which we had the pace to stay ahead. In the race, however, we had problems that slowed us down and prevented us from riding as we know. The vibration at the front has greatly complicated my driving, especially when braking. The more laps passed, the more the fuel dropped and the difficulty in riding increased. The eleventh place today is not even deserved because with the pace we had we could do worse. We will understand what happened in the race and we will work as always to improve. See you at the Sachsenring”.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – DNF
“It was not the easiest weekend for us. On a personal level I have made too many mistakes in this grand prix, and nothing, I apologize to the team and learn from my mistakes. We need to focus on the positive things of this weekend and continue to work as hard as we are doing without distractions. I’m sorry because I lost too many positions at the start of the race and then when I found my rhythm, I forced too much riding to the limit. I then made that mistake to the last chicane that cost me the race and the points for the classification. We just have to learn from the mistakes we made and start stronger than before! Germany here we are!”
SECOND AND THIRD ROW FOR BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM IN DUTCH TT ASSEN
Beta Tools Speed Up team closed the Dutch TT qualifying with the sixth and seventh place taking the second and third row of the starting grid of the TT Circuit Assen.
Di Giannantonio and his crew solved Friday’s problems during the last morning free practice session and gained direct access to Q2. In the fifteen minutes available, Fabio further improved his time and with the chrono of 1’36.979 sealed the second row of the grid.
A difficult day but with a positive outcome that of Jorge Navarro that due to a crash at the beginning of Fp3 could not get back on track due to the considerable damages to the bike. Outside the top 14, Jorge faced Q1 and with determination took access to Q2. The traffic on track and some more vibrations prevented Jorge from finding a good fast lap but the Spaniard feels ready to fight already from the third row in tomorrow’s race.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 6th in 1’36.979
“Today really good, much better than yesterday. This morning we started much stronger than yesterday, even with used tyres. We did not use the new tyres as we should have, there were improvements but we could have done more. In the afternoon we took a big step forward. We went under 37 taking the second row. Tomorrow it will be a tough race because there are many of us who have a good pace, but we can fight with the leaders”.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 7th in 1’37.076
“It was not a simple day. This morning I crashed after a few laps from the beginning of the Fp3 and the feeling with the bike was not good. With the team we decided some changes to make to the setting before the Q1 thanks to which we were able to improve some points, but not the vibration. In Q2 I couldn’t find the fastest lap, but I’m happy because in the end we managed to take the seventh position in a complicated situation. I believe tomorrow we will fight as usual with the leading group!”
TT ASSEN FIRST DAY OF FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS AT THE CATHEDRAL OF SPEED
The first day of free practice session for the Dutch Grand Prix, round 8 of the Moto2 World Championship to be held this weekend at the historic TT Assen circuit has just ended.
After the first two free practice sessions on the Dutch track, Jorge Navarro took the fifth time of the day in 1’37.687 at only +0.289 tenths from the first. The number 9 of the Beta Tools Speed Up team had closed the 40 minutes of Fp1 in seventh position then improving his lap time in the afternoon session proving once again to be competitive on its Speed Up bike.
His team-mate Fabio Di Giannantonio started Friday at the TT Assen circuit with the ninth fastest time in the first free practice in 1’38.337. The good feeling at the start of the day was interrupted by vibrations at the front that prevented the rider and team from continuing the excellent work done in the FP1, closing the first day eighteenth.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 5th in 1’37.687
“Positive as first day, this morning we started immediately with a good feeling with the bike. In Fp2 we did some changes to understand the direction to take in tomorrow’s sessions. We know the way to take to continue the excellent work done so far. This evening we will focus on some details to well end the free practice sessions with tomorrow’s Fp3 and be competitive in qualifying. The race pace we will try tomorrow will be very important and we will do our best to take the direct access to Q2 and fight for the top positions of the grid!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 18th in 1’38.106
“This morning we started well, I didn’t expect to be so fast in the first practice. In the afternoon, however, something has changed, strong vibrations in the front complicated the driving of the Speed Up and we have not yet been able to figure out how to solve this problem. Now we just have to study the data collected in the two sessions and find a solution for tomorrow. I feel that there is a large margin for improvements and that we can be even more competitive. Tomorrow we will do our best to get into Q2”.
HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP
NAVARRO FLIES ON THE THIRD STEP OF THE PODIUM OF THE GRAN PREMI DE CATALUNYA
The HDR Heidrun Speed Up team finished an almost perfect weekend at the Catalunya-Barcelona circuit.
Fourth on the grid, Jorge lost three positions at the start and up to the fourth lap he was seventh. He did everything not to lose the leading group and with some overtaking after ten laps he was fifth behind Fernandez. His determination and a great pace in the final stages were key to him taking a welldeserved third place, which led him to take back the third position in the general classification.
The rookie of the team lost the possibility to step on the podium but once again he amazed everyone. Excellent start for Fabio Di Giannantonio who from fifth on the grid immediately gained a position and he was fourth behind Lowes at the end of the first lap. The Roman rider advanced one more position, the pace was good and on lap 10 he was third behind Marquez and Luthi. Unfortunately, in turn 10 of lap 11 Fabio crashed out and ended the fight for his first podium in Moto2 career.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 3rd
“We had a really good weekend, I’m very happy. We had left the Mugello with problems of feeling but here I found what I was looking for from the first day. The race was defined by small details but now we know the things we need to improve, especially the start of the race when we have a full tank and when we are at maximum speed to be able to pass our rivals more easily because today we were a bit limited . I want to thank the team, my family and all the people who came in this incredible weekend. And now the Netherlands is waiting for us! “
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – DNF
“After the good start we did well on the first lap too, I got touched with Marquez and Bastianini at turn 1 but I had not lost positions. Then I started overtaking, first Lowes, then Fernandez and I found myself behind Luthi and Marquez and I felt good on the Speed Up bike, I felt I could finish the race well. Unfortunately, on lap 11, I made a slight mistake and I crashed. We leave this weeekend sorry for the crash but happy with the steps we are taking forward. We have shown that we can stay with the first. Many thanks to the team for the excellent work we are doing together! “
SECOND ROW FOR HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP RIDERS IN THE GRAN PREMI DE CATALUNYA
A red hot qualifying session at the Catalunya circuit led both HDR Heidrun Speed Up team riders to secure the second row of the Gran Premi de Catalunya’s starting grid. Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio demonstrated a great team work that allowed both of them to be really competitive and fast on the track.
Jorge closed the three free practice sessions at the top of the standings in 1’44.241, a time marked in the middle of the third session. Behind him Fabio has confirmed the progress achieved on the Speed Up with the second chrono.
After gaining direct access to Q2, Navarro and Di Giannantonio left together the pit-lane starting the 15 minutes available for the grid positions fight.
The two HDR Heidrun Speed Up riders, after eight exciting laps together, closed the Catalan Saturday in fourth and fifth position by winning the second row of the grid.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 4th in 1’44.211
“We are having a good weekend. This morning we had a really good rhythm during the Fp3. After the practice session we made some small changes to the bike before the qualifying which gave us an extra boost. The session went very well, we did a good team work with my teammate and in the end it didn’t go wrong, although we expected something more. Anyway we are there, at +0.041 from pole, and it could be a great day if we continue to do our best as we are already doing!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 5th in 1’44.259
“This morning went very well, we have taken a big step since yesterday. The small changes we have made to the bike so far have been essential, they have given us that little extra that we did not have yesterday. In Fp3 we went really fast, second behind Jorge who, like us, did a great job with his staff. It was a good session for the team. The afternoon qualifying was the best in my world championship, we are only at +0.089 from the first. Honestly I believed it, I made a mistake in my fastest lap that probably cost me some positions, but I’m really happy. Tomorrow we must start strong, give gas and stay with the first until the end”.