BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
NAVARRO TOOK EIGHTH PLACE IN THE GRAN PREMIO DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA. DI GIANNANONIO FORCED TO RETIRE.
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.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 8th
“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”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – RETIRED
“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”.
FOURTH AND SIXTH ROW FOR NAVARRO AND DI GIANNANTONIO WHO QUALIFY ELEVENTH AND EIGHTEENTH
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.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 11th
“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”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 18th
“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”.
NAVARRO AND DI GIANNANTONIO AT WORK IN THE FIRST DAY OF FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS OF THE ARGENTINA GP
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”.