BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
NAVARRO SHOWS STRONG COMEBACK TO FINISH ON THE THIRD STEP OF THE AUSTRIAN PODIUM. DI GIANNANTONIO IN THE POINTS.
Jorge Navarro took the fifth podium of the season after twenty-five sensational laps at the Red Bull Ring. Di Giannantonio finished the race in fourteenth position giving the maximum. Some difficulties in the first laps for the number nine of the Beta Tools Speed Up team who tried to recover as many positions as possible. Lap after lap, Jorge’s race pace improved and he did not miss a beat when riding. A few laps to the end when the circuit staff tolds Jorge that he had to lose one position. Jorge slowed down but as soon as he understood that the signal was wrong, he kept pushing towards the finish line taking the third step of the Austrian podium.
Complicated weekend for Di Giannantonio and his technicians who weren’t able to find the right set-up to face qualifying and race at the top of their potential. The start from the eighteenth position made Fabio’s recovery even more difficult, especially in a circuit like the Red Bull Ring in which overtaking is not easy at all, but determined he ended even this race in the points.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 3rd
“I’m very happy with this podium! We suffered during the weekend and also in qualifying, but this morning in the warm up the team did a great job and in the race the bike didn’t give me the problems of the other days. I am sad about what happened a few laps from the end when they told me that I had to lose one position. I then immediately slowed down waiting for Baldassarri to overtake me but then I saw that in the dashboard they were not marking me and neither was the team. So, I started pushing again but it wasn’t easy after that distraction. Without that mistake committed by the staff I probably could have reached Marquez and Binder because the pace was really fast. Anyway, I’m happy to have finished a complicated weekend with the podium and once again having confirmed our potential. Thanks to the team and to my family!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 14th
“It was a difficult race, and I think the weekend was the toughest so far. Obviously, I am not happy with the result because this is not our position, we can and must do better. I tried to push at the beginning but I saw that I was losing a bit on the straight. I struggled the whole race but at least I managed to finish it within the first 15. We will continue to work, already with tomorrow’s test always here in Austria. We have a few things to try and improve, we hope to find some good solutions”.
THIRD AND SIXTH ROW START FOR BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAMMATES IN AUSTRIA
Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio finished Austrian qualifying in eighth and eighteenth position. During the second day of the Austrian Grand Prix here at the Red Bull Ring, Jorge and his technicians dedicated the third and last session of the morning to the bike setup. Navarro didn’t improve Friday’s lap time but with the same he directly accessed to Q2 where he took the third row of the starting grid.
Di Giannantonio improved his lap time during the fp3 but not enough to take direct access to Q2. He passed the first qualifying and when he returned to the track for the Q2 he did his best but with the hard front tyre he couldn’t do better than the eighteenth position.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 8th in 1’2.147
“Today it was a bit more difficult than yesterday especially because the others have improved. We have maintained the pace and the time of yesterday while other riders have taken a step forward and for this we have suffered. However, we have tried some changes from which we have had positive responses. We still lack some details that we will try in tomorrow’s warm up and then we will be ready for the race!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 24th in 1’29.999
“Today we did the maximum, we could not do more. We have made a step forward with the set-up of the bike but we are still not as fast as we should. We lose on the straight, in all the straights and this unfortunately penalizes us a lot on this circuit. We are trying to understand why this is still not clear and in the end it is what we lack. The goal for tomorrow is to make a good start by recovering as many positions as possible because then it will be difficult”.