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FOURTH AND FOURTEENTH PLACE FOR THE BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM AT THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
The race of the Australian Grand Prix has just ended at the Phillip Island circuit. The Beta Up Speed team leaves the island after taking a fourth place with Jorge Navarro and a fourteenth place with Fabio Di Giannantonio. That definitely did not live up to expectations given by the pole position and the second row obtained in yesterday’s qualifying. Feeling problems for Navarro, who managed the race well giving the maximum until the last lap. Jorge once again confirms his competitiveness and with the thirteenth points taken with the fourth place he is back on fourth position of the world championship classification.For Di Giannantonio, on the other hand, the race is complicated from the start when he went off the track at turn 4 of the first lap to avoid the accident involving Lecuona, Marini and Bezzecchi. Skillfully Fabio was able to get back on track, continuing the race from the last position. Without losing heart, the number 21 immediately started recovering to reach the finish line in fourteenth position.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 4th
“Today the track conditions were definitely better than yesterday, much less wind and a milder temperature that made the Phillip Island race much more exciting. This morning in the warm up I didn’t have a great feeling and so we decided to make some changes before entering the grid which in part worked and allowed me to have a good race. We lacked something to stay ahead, but I’m still happy with the work we’ve done this weekend and today’s race; we made a good start, the first few laps very fast and then we gave 100% finishing in fourth position. So what to say, positive and with a great desire to arrive in Malaysia!”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 14th
“Another race ruined at the start! The first lap is always unpredictable and unfortunately today we have been penalized by the mistakes of others. After a few turns from the start of the race we found ourselves having to start from the last position. We managed to climb back up to the fourteenth place, recovering every lap, with the pace we had we could have classified in the top five. Too bad, we will get our own back in Malaysia!”
NAVARRO SCORES THIRD POLE POSITION, DI GIANNANTONIO WILL START FROM THE FOURTH POSITION.
Beta Tools Speed Up team celebrates the pole position of the Australian Grand Prix with Jorge Navarro who stands in qualifying for three tenths on Binder. Di Giannantonio fourth at +0.002 from the front row after an excellent qualifying.
Under an unpredictable sky that is affecting the entire weekend of the Phillip Island Grand Prix, Navarro and Di Giannantonio closed the three free practices with the third and sixth time of the combined classification, both gaining direct access to Q2. Qualifying startsed with a dry track and the Beta Tools Speed Up team riders immediately took advantage of it to give the maximum aware that the conditions could change. A few minutes before the end of the session, the flag waved and riders had to back in the pit-box for strong wind and rain, determining the early end of the session. Jorge finally took the pole position and Fabio finished with the second row.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 1st in 1’33.565
“I am very happy with this Pole Position! This morning we did a great job working with used tyres and riding alone. For the qualifying we made some small changes to the bike trying to improve the feeling but to tell the truth I didn’t have the time to understand if we did a step forward or not because I was completely focused on doing the time given that the weather varied by minute in a minute. However, I managed to get a good fast time, almost the best of the weekend with which we did our third fantastic pole. I am very happy because this is not one of my favorite tracks. Ready to fight for victory tomorrow!”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 4th in 1’33.936
“Really happy with today’s qualifying and how we overcame the difficulties we encountered yesterday. This morning we did our best to reach Q2, although the unpredictable weather conditions, and with satisfaction we were able to directly access the second qualifying. The session went well, too bad we didn’t finish the excellent lap we were doing in which the rain started falling down and for the risky conditions we all went back to the pit-box finishing the qualifying in advance. In the end we start in the second row and tomorrow we only have to believe in it!”
NAVARRO THIRD FASTEST IN AUSTRALIAN FRIDAY PRACTICES. DI GIANNANTONIO FIFTEENTH AT THE END OF THE FIRST DAY.
At the iconic Phillip Island circuit has started today the Australian Grand Prix. The first day of free practices was affectred by the weather conditions. The morning session took place in the rain while in the afternoon the track conditions totally changed thanks to the coming sun that dried the track and raised the temperatures. Both Beta Tools Speed Up team riders struggled to find their Speed Up bike set-up during the first round on a wet track. Slippery track, lack of grip and many crashes during the session including that of Fabio Di Giannantonio at the start of the FP1, fortunately without serious damages.
Everything changed already from the first laps of the FP2 in which Navarro showed a good pace, improving lap after lap to take the third position almost at the end. Di Giannantonio found it more difficult than his box-mate to find the right set-up, but with the last lap of the session he marked his best time placing fifteenth.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 3rd in 1’33.405
“We started the Australian weekend well. This morning the track conditions were very delicate so I decided not to risk it, take it easy and understand how the bike behaved in the rain. In FP2, with a dry track, we immediately started well by making some small changes to the setting that helped us understand the direction in which to work. Tomorrow I hope to continue in this direction, obviously I am happy because we have already proven to be competitive, we only have to fix some details regarding my driving and in the bike if the weather allows it”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 15th in 1’34.017
“This morning the conditions were a bit on the limit due to the rain and a very slippery asphalt, it was certainly difficult for us to take the pace especially after the initial crash. In the afternoon, the first dry session in the Moto2 circuit at Phillip Island was not so bad, but it could have been better. We stay confident for tomorrow!”
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GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN: FIFTH AND ELEVENTH PLACE FOR BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM IN MOTEGI
A fifth place with Jorge Navarro and an eleventh place with Fabio Di Giannantonio: this is the loot collected by the Beta Tools Speed Up team in the Japanese Grand Prix, the sixteenth round of the championship, which took place at the Twin Ring Motegi.
A weekend of ups and downs but with positive results for both riders that finished the race in the points.
Navarro fought for the fifth position for most of the race, facing several overtakes and the remarkable bagarre with Marquez in which Jorge prevailed to close with a gap of over two seconds on the number 73.
Situation certainly more complicated but just as satisfying for Di Giannantonio who after the good start was able to climb exactly ten positions in which Fabio showed determination and good pace until he reached the eleventh place.
Next weekend next stop at the Phillip Island circuit for the Australian Grand Prix.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 5th
“Today we did a good job in the warm up where we found the right direction. With some minor pre-race changes, I felt better immediately. The only thing we lacked was some acceleration but I was already in a good position. Too bad the miss-shifting in the last chicane of the third lap where I lost 4 positions and the difficulty then to advance. Then I started to recover but it wasn’t easy, it was already too late. I’m still happy with fifth place after the difficulties I encountered this weekend”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 11th
“Tough weekend and also with a bit of bad luck. I am not at all happy with the final result, but I am very happy with the way I faced the race: the pace was there, I was fast and I recovered positions. A good race in my opinion and also of maturity because I didn’t make mistakes and I almost reached the second group. We continue to add experience, step by step, now Australia is waiting for us”.
SECOND AND SEVENTH ROW FOR BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM IN JAPANESE QUALIFYING
The rain conditioned the second day of the Japanese Grand Prix in which were held the qualifying sessions that marked the starting grid of tomorrow’s race, live at 6.20 am, Italian time.
With the wet track and the constant rain during the fp3, the Beta Tools Speed Up team riders were not able to improve Friday’s times and thus had to face the Q1.
Navarro found an excellent feeling in the first qualifying obtaining the access to the Q2 where with the time of 2’02.411 he took the fifth position and second row of the grid.
A more complicated and partly unlucky first qualifying for Di Giannantonio who found the right feeling right at the end of the session and missed for a few tenths the access to Q2. Tomorrow in the race he will start from the seventh row in twenty-first position.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 5th in 2’02.411
“Today we found a good feeling in the wet without risking more than necessary we managed to improve in every session. In Q1 we were fast getting access to the Q2 where we started well, at a fast pace. We could have improved but I made a mistake in the last two laps, I don’t know why but I started having grip problems at the rear. We need to understand what happened, but in any case I am happy with the position obtained in QP. If we work well in tomorrow’s warm-up we can certainly have a good race”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 21st in 2’04.349
“This morning was not a good session because we tried a change but it didn’t go well and the feeling in the wet was certainly not what we expected. In better qualifying, pity that I took the flag a second earlier than I hoped was my last lap and just what allowed me to enter Q2. Tomorrow in dry conditions we can recover by giving the maximum as always!”
FIRST DAY OF FREE PRACTICES AT THE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN
The sixteenth round of the Moto2 World Championship started today at the Motegi circuit. The Beta Tools Speed Up team ended the first day of the Japanese Grand Prix with Fabio Di Giannantonio at the fifteenth place in the combined free practice times and Jorge Navarro at the eighteenth.
Fabio concluded the first session in p20 with the time of 1’52.010. After the first exit on track, the team 21 tried to improve the feeling and the lack of grip at the rear by using the fp2 for small changes to the Speed Up bike setting. Fabio’s improvement was clear in the second session that he ended just six tenths from the first.
Even for Navarro it was not an easy start to the Twin Ring of Motegi. Fourteenth at the end of the first practice in the morning at +0.659 from the first, Jorge and his technicians decided to try different solutions taking advantage of the second session. The number 9 improved his time by a few tenths, but they still have work to be done before Sunday.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 15th in 1’51.248
“Despite the final position, which is not the best, I am quite happy for the work done today. We are six tenths from the first, the gap is not much and if we continue to work in this way we can reduce it. It’s a pity that a lot of rain is expected tomorrow and therefore it will be difficult to lower the time to go directly to Q2, but even in the wet we can show what we are able to do, so let’s stay focused and optimistic! “
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 18th in 1’51.399
“It was a pretty complicated day, we couldn’t find the right direction to take. We tried some changes but without finding the answers we expected. There are some points on the track where we lose a lot, others where we are fast enough. We will continue to work on the problems encountered, both in terms of set-up and driving, to understand the way to take in view of the race”.
SUCCESSFUL ROUND6 FOR COLLIN VEIJER AT VALLELUNGA CIRCUIT
Vallelunga’s “Piero Taruffi” circuit hosted the last race of the season of the Italian Speed Championship, which ended over the past weekend. The sixth round proved to be the toughest for Collin and his team, who were able to face together the difficulties encountered in the best way. Collin qualified in fourteenth place with the chrono of 1’44.536 but he did not give up and in both races he managed to climb up to the eighth position. Satisfied with the work done by the Speed Up Junior team and aware of having given his best, Veijer closed his first championship in the Moto3 category in fifth position with 115 points.
Collin Veijer #95: “I am very satisfied with my first season on a moto3 even if it was not always easy to find a good adjustment with the extra weight. This weekend at Vallelunga was the most difficult, but at least I gave the best of myself. Thanks to my fantastic team and sponsors. Now I am getting ready for the Redbull rookies selection which is on the agenda next week. In addition, I really hope to complete the budget and get back on track also for next season”.
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TOUGH PTT THAILAND GRAND PRIX FOR JOREG NAVARRO AND FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO
A complicated weekend ended for Beta Tools Speed Up riders at the Chang International Circuit.
Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio leave Thailand with the seventeenth and eighteenth position aware of having given the maximum although the difficulties encountered during the weekend.
Today’s race start was very hard after yesterday’s difficult qualifying in which Fabio and Jorge got the eighteenth and twenty-first position. They made a good start but too many difficulties encountered on track, especially in the straights where Navarro and Di Giannantonio could not keep the pace.
Beta Tools Speed Up team ended the Thai Grand Prix a bit disappointed looking to the next Japanese Grand Prix wishing to redeem.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 17th
“I am very disappointed by this weekend, especially from the race. I got a good start recovering positions right from the start but then it was impossible to move forward and get the group ahead. Big difficulties at every straight, we lost a lot at the end of T1, T2 and T4 which are acceleration zones. We recovered in T3 and at the beginning of T4, but it was too risky driving in that way. This is our position this weekend, we need to be realistic and understand why we have suffered so much. We will continue to work hard to come back stronger than before already from Japan”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 18th
“Difficult weekend. Jorge and I gave our best on the track but with the bike we have right now we couldn’t do better on this circuit, it was complicated for the whole team. Talking about the development of the bike we are at the top, the bike allows us to do what we want when riding, a pity that we lose a lot on the straight, it is our only problem. When we find a solution for this then we will fight for the podium every Sunday, but so in some tracks we cannot do anything!”
SIXTH AND SEVENTH ROW FOR DI GIANNANTONIO AND NAVARRO IN THAI QUALIFYING
At the PTT Thailand Grand Prix were held the qualifying sessions which defined the starting grid for tomorrow’s race. A difficult qualifying for both Beta Tools Speed Up team riders who will start tomorrow from the eighteenth (Di Giannantonio) and twenty-first (Navarro) position, respectively in the sixth and seventh row.
Determined to improve Friday’s twenty-fifth position, Di Giannantonio managed the first part of the third free practice working on the setting of the Speed Up bike. The feeling improved and towards the end of the session Fabio found the fastest lap that took him directly to Q2 where he closed the qualifying with the eighteenth place.
Navarro finished the free practice sessions in fifteenth position, thus having to face the Q1. Unfortunately, the luck was not on his side when in Q1, after the tyres change, he crashed a few minutes before the end of the race ending his qualifying with the twenty-first position.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 18th in 1’36.359
“Today was a good day at the end. I drove well and the bike is perfect too, but the problem we have since the beginning of the year is on the straights where we struggle a lot and the difference with the others is abysmal, I always try to push hard but sometimes it’s not enough, it depends on the track at the track. There are tracks where we can make a difference and others where we suffer and this is one of those. Tomorrow it will be tough, because I struggle to respond to attacks and to attack, but we will do our best as usual!”
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 21st in 1’36.045
“Today was not really our best day, but we need to look ahead! In Fp3 we tried a change that did not give us the feedback we were hoping for and therefore we were not able to get direct access to Q2. In Q1 I made a mistake during our fastest lap, so I decided to change the tyres, but when I got back on track I crashed finishing the qualifying in twenty-first place. We just have to keep working to understand how to face tomorrow’s race”.