BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
RACE: AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX. DIGGIA TWENTY-FIRST AND JORGE CRASHED OUT
A very difficult Sunday for the Beta Tools Speed Up team that closed the Austrian Grand Prix without points.
After three laps from the start of the race the red flag was waving due to a bad accident involving four riders. Fortunately, no serious injuries and therefore the race could re-start. Upon returning to the garage, Diggia and Jorge were awaiting the directives for the re-start from the organization which shortly after communicated that the race laps were 13 and the grid positions were based on standings as for lap 3 of race1. Navarro thus started from p12 while Diggia was in p22.
12.55 the pit lane reopened and the Beta Tools Speed Up team riders were ready to get back on track. Jorge made a good start and immediately recovered 3 positions. The feeling was very good and Navarro tried to increase his pace, but his comeback was cut short at turn 10 on the first lap when he crashed out because of an error.
Fabio also made a good start with four positions recovered, which became six at the end of the first lap. Unfortunately, from lap 2 his race was hampered by a brake problem by finishing 21st in the Austrian Grand Prix.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21 – 21st
“I made a good start in race2 but when I started to recover more positions, I felt that something was wrong when I was using the brakes and for this reason I could only finish the race twenty-first”.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – not classified
“After a very positive weekend, today in the race I was unable to complete the good work done in these days. I started very well in race 2, recovering some positions but in the last turn I made a mistake and crashed down on the ground. I apologize to the team for throwing away these days of hard work. The good news is that next week we will do another race again here at the Red Bull Ring and we will try to give our all”.
QUALIFYING: THIRD AND EIGHTH ROW FOR JORGE AND DIGGIA IN THE AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX
The Beta Tools Speed Up team closed the Austrian Grand Prix qualifying in seventh and twenty-third positions, getting the third and eighth row of the starting grid of tomorrow’s race.
A breathtaking FP3 finale for Jorge Navarro after the highside at turn 1. The Spaniard then ended his last free practice session early, luckily with only a few scratches. With the time obtained in the fourteenth and last lap of his FP3 in 1’29.204, Jorge took direct access in Q2. In the fifteen minutes Jorge set a good seventh time, 1’28.905 (+0.224), without changing tyres in the final minutes.
Second day of the Austrian GP complicated for Fabio Di Giannantonio although there have been improvements compared to yesterday. Fabio lowered his Friday lap time by half a second in the last practice session, but in the combined classification he is twenty-third, therefore forced to face Q2. In qualifying, Fabio further improved his time stopping the clock in 1’29.579. Unfortunately, for a few tenths, he almost reached access to Q2, finishing qualifying in p23.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 7th in 1’28.905
“Positive day! Good feeling this morning with used tyres. Too bad that after the tyre change I crashed in the climb of turn one before finding the rhythm. The bike threw me into the air, but luckily I’m physically fine and my team managed to repair the bike for Q2. I’m also happy with qualifying because I rode with a great pace, maybe I missed the fastest lap but we are analyzing the data to understand how to improve the third sector. In any case, we are ready for tomorrow!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 23rd in 1’29.579
“I’m not so happy with how it went today. We have improved compared to yesterday but we are still a bit far. We are working on braking because on this track it is important to have a stable bike. Today we frankly took a good step in that direction but we lost a lot of the bike, especially in turning. We struggled too much in T3, mostly in Q1, and it’s a pity we didn’t enter Q2. We just have to work and try to improve what we can for tomorrow to be able to recover as many positions as possible!”
FREE PRACTICES AT THE RED BULL RING: NAVARRO SIXTH AND DIGGIA TWENTY-FOURTH
Beta Tools Speed Up team riders are back on track today at the Red Bull Ring for the first free practice sessions of the Austrian Grand Prix.
Jorge Navarro immediately found a good feeling on the Austrian circuit. During the first session he made a few laps on Hard tires before switching to the Softs with which he set his best time of the day in 1’29.290. The weather conditions changed and the little rain at the beginning of the second session slowed down the lap times on track. Team9 used FP2 to adjust some details. +0.305 is the gap from the first of Jorge’s combined times at the end of the day1.
A more complicated start for Di Giannantonio than at the end of the two practice sessions ranked twenty-fourth. Team21 was unable to find the right set-up for the track in today’s free practice encountering problems under braking. Diggia improved his time during FP2 by a few tenths in 1’30.392, +1.407, but there is still a lot of work to do to face tomorrow’s qualifying.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 7th in 1’29.290
“I’m happy with this first day. We started with the right feeling this morning which allowed us to try small details to understand which tyre to use and work a little in the setup, test and counter-test, obtaining good results. This afternoon the conditions were more complicated because it rained at the beginning and then, at the end of the session when it had stopped raining, many improved their time with the new tyres, but we preferred to continue with the used ones and the pace was still very good “.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 24th in 1’30.392
“Not happy with today because we are behind, for now out of Q2. For one and a half session we had brake problems. Fixed this problem we started to ride and understand the changes to be made to the bike setting. We struggle a little in the turn entry, but tomorrow we will work to find the solution, hoping that the conditions will be a little better”.