BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
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!”