MB CONVEYORS SPEED UP
DI GIANNANTONIO’S STRONG PERFORMANCE, FOURTH ON THE FINISH. NAVARRO EIGHTH IN GERMAN GP AFTER GREAT COMEBACK
At Sachsenring, the MB Conveyors Speed Up team riders finished the Grand Prix of Germany fourth and eighth.
Di Giannantonio closed the last race before the summer break in fourth place, scoring his best performance by showing determination and competitiveness in a curvy and technical track.
A complicated and unstable weekend instead for Jorge Navarro. During the Grand Prix the feedback was very positive and everything seemed to be in his favor starting from the good pace and the fast lap with which he set the track record in Q1. Unfortunately, the race appeared tough from the wrong start which compromised Navarro’s race. After losing 10 positions Jorge started the comeback to cross the finish line in eighth position.
Moto2 stops for the summer break until the Czech Republic Grand Prix, 2nd-4th August.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 4th
“I think it was our best weekend. We have been fast in all the sessions as well as having had an excellent qualifying. I am happy with the race, after a good start I have always been with the leaders. I lost a little too much time with Marini but in the end it was a great performance and the best rookie result until now. We go on vacation surely more calm and sure of our skills!
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 8th
“In the end, I believe we must remain positive. This weekend we have shown that we are very fast but at the same time we have had to deal with too many crashes. I know I have to control this; I have to do a reset to start thinking differently. Today I started very badly and then I didn’t want to risk too much, especially in the early laps. With the pace I had in the race I could fight for the podium if only I hadn’t missed the start. I am very sorry, but we must remain positive, even when we are not competing at our level. It will be a constructive pause to return to the maximum thinking of winning!
SECOND AND FOURTH ROW START FOR DI GIANNANTONIO AND NAVARRO IN GRAND PRIX OF GERMANY QUALIFYING
MB Conveyors Speed Up team riders completed the Grand Prix of Germany qualifying held today at the Sachsenring.
During the last free practice session, the team’s rookie improved his lap by almost four tenths from Friday’s time, although the lack of front grip made his driving more complicated. With the eighth time of the combined free practice session (1’24.170), Di Giannantonio obtained direct access to Q2. On the third lap Fabio marked his best qualifying in 1’23.781 taking the fourth position and the second row of the starting grid.
A bitter day for Navarro that after the crash in Fp3 had to face Q1. He passed the round by accessing the Q2 with the best time of the qualifying, setting the track record with an incredible 1’23.426, a time that none of the other riders managed to beat. Unfortunately, during the qualifying Jorge crashed at the end of his best lap seeing himself fade the head of the standings. Tomorrow he will start from the fourth row in eleventh position.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 4th in 1’23.781
“Very good today. The problems with the bike are always the same but we are understanding how to manage them by improving each session. In the morning we made a step forward by lowering the time by almost four tenths and improving the race pace. In qualifying we did a great fast lap and for the third consecutive time we are in second row. Tomorrow we have to make a good race fighting since the first laps and giving the maximum as always!
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 11th in 1’23.944
“I am sorry for today! I set the track record during Q1, thus gaining access to Q2. On my fast lap in Q2 I crashed allowing the riders behind me to score their best times. I managed to get back to the pit-box and after a quick tyre change, I returned to the track for the final minutes of the qualifying but it was impossible to find the stability and speed I had before. We need to look ahead; we are not starting from the position we deserved but with the pace we have tomorrow we can have a good race”.
DI GIANNANTONIO TWELFTH AND NAVARRO FOURTEENTH ON THE FIRST DAY OF FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS OF THE GRAND PRIX OF GERMANY
Positive start of the Grand Prix of Germany for MB Conveyors Speed Up team riders. After the first two practice sessions scheduled today at Sachsenring, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Navarro obtained the twelfth and fourteenth time of the combined classification.
Fabio and Jorge have both made significant stride in preparing their Speed Up bikes concentrating on the set-up and on the race pace. Still a few changes to make in terms of qualifying for Navarro and Di Giannantonio, which demonstrated from the first laps on the track that they have a good feeling on this very technical track characterized by multiple ups and downs and tight turns.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 12th in 1’24.556
“I’m happy because we started very well and I didn’t expect this to start after Holland’s lackluster performance. I have a good feeling with the bike, I really like the track and riding Moto2 is definitely more exciting. We still have some points to improve, especially the movements on the front but overall we are quite satisfied with this first day”.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 14th in 1’24.655
“A fairly positive first day since the first session in the morning. In Fp2 we started more calmly trying different solutions to the setting. We still have to understand where we have improved or worsened, but surely as soon as we analyze the data collected we will understand something more. However, we know that the rhythm with the used rubber was good. To definitely improve the feeling and the guide to better prepare for Sunday’s race
COMPLICATED WEEKEND FOR COLLIN VEIJER AT AUTODROMO ENZO AND DINO FERRARI IN IMOLA
A complicated weekend ended for Collin Veijer and the Speed Up Junior team at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari racetrack in Imola.
The Dutch rider, among the youngest in the category, qualified ninth in the third round of the CIV Moto3 ready to face the two races of the weekend.
It could have been a great weekend for Collin and his team, but a contact with another rider during the last lap of Race 1 made it all the more difficult. Collin finished the race in first position but the race direction gave him 5 penalty seconds for that mistake in the last chicane finishing the race fifth. Unfortunately, the race direction gave Veijer a second penalty, forcing him in Race 2 starting from the last position on the grid. Once again the young Collin showed all his determination and his talent on the track recovering eighteen positions and so crossing the finish line seventh.
Collin Veijer#95: “What can I say, I’m really sorry for what happened this weekend, I didn’t deserve this punishment. Looking at the positive side, the penalty made me stronger, motivating me even more for the second race. It wasn’t easy to overtake all those riders, but I did it. I could have reached the fourth place on the last lap, but it would have been too risky and we didn’t deserve to finish with 0 points, especially after the team gave me a perfect bike. I want to thank everyone who makes this possible, we will return to Misano even stronger!”
BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
DI GIANNANTONIO ONE STEP AWAY FROM THE TOP TEN IN THE DUTCH GRAND PRIX. NAVARRO CRASHES IN LAP 11.
Difficult race at the Cathedral of Speed for Beta Tools Speed Up team riders.
Di Giannantonio crossed the finish line eleventh after 24 laps ridden at the limit. A positive weekend for the number 21 of the team with some problems solved and confidence gained in the Speed Up guide. In the race Fabio did his best, finishing once again in the points although some vibration problems at the front of the bike put him to the test.
Unfortunately, Jorge Navarro couldn’t finish the race at the legendary TT Circuit Assen. At the end of the eleventh lap the Spaniard crashed in the last chicane finishing his TT Assen early. A complicated weekend from which learn to come back stronger than before.
Moto2 does not stop and moves to Germany for the ninth round of the World Championship, 5-6-7 July at the Sachsenring.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 11th “A result that we did not expect after a tough weekend in which we had the pace to stay ahead. In the race, however, we had problems that slowed us down and prevented us from riding as we know. The vibration at the front has greatly complicated my driving, especially when braking. The more laps passed, the more the fuel dropped and the difficulty in riding increased. The eleventh place today is not even deserved because with the pace we had we could do worse. We will understand what happened in the race and we will work as always to improve. See you at the Sachsenring”.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – DNF
“It was not the easiest weekend for us. On a personal level I have made too many mistakes in this grand prix, and nothing, I apologize to the team and learn from my mistakes. We need to focus on the positive things of this weekend and continue to work as hard as we are doing without distractions. I’m sorry because I lost too many positions at the start of the race and then when I found my rhythm, I forced too much riding to the limit. I then made that mistake to the last chicane that cost me the race and the points for the classification. We just have to learn from the mistakes we made and start stronger than before! Germany here we are!”
SECOND AND THIRD ROW FOR BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM IN DUTCH TT ASSEN
Beta Tools Speed Up team closed the Dutch TT qualifying with the sixth and seventh place taking the second and third row of the starting grid of the TT Circuit Assen.
Di Giannantonio and his crew solved Friday’s problems during the last morning free practice session and gained direct access to Q2. In the fifteen minutes available, Fabio further improved his time and with the chrono of 1’36.979 sealed the second row of the grid.
A difficult day but with a positive outcome that of Jorge Navarro that due to a crash at the beginning of Fp3 could not get back on track due to the considerable damages to the bike. Outside the top 14, Jorge faced Q1 and with determination took access to Q2. The traffic on track and some more vibrations prevented Jorge from finding a good fast lap but the Spaniard feels ready to fight already from the third row in tomorrow’s race.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 6th in 1’36.979
“Today really good, much better than yesterday. This morning we started much stronger than yesterday, even with used tyres. We did not use the new tyres as we should have, there were improvements but we could have done more. In the afternoon we took a big step forward. We went under 37 taking the second row. Tomorrow it will be a tough race because there are many of us who have a good pace, but we can fight with the leaders”.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 7th in 1’37.076
“It was not a simple day. This morning I crashed after a few laps from the beginning of the Fp3 and the feeling with the bike was not good. With the team we decided some changes to make to the setting before the Q1 thanks to which we were able to improve some points, but not the vibration. In Q2 I couldn’t find the fastest lap, but I’m happy because in the end we managed to take the seventh position in a complicated situation. I believe tomorrow we will fight as usual with the leading group!”
TT ASSEN FIRST DAY OF FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS AT THE CATHEDRAL OF SPEED
The first day of free practice session for the Dutch Grand Prix, round 8 of the Moto2 World Championship to be held this weekend at the historic TT Assen circuit has just ended.
After the first two free practice sessions on the Dutch track, Jorge Navarro took the fifth time of the day in 1’37.687 at only +0.289 tenths from the first. The number 9 of the Beta Tools Speed Up team had closed the 40 minutes of Fp1 in seventh position then improving his lap time in the afternoon session proving once again to be competitive on its Speed Up bike.
His team-mate Fabio Di Giannantonio started Friday at the TT Assen circuit with the ninth fastest time in the first free practice in 1’38.337. The good feeling at the start of the day was interrupted by vibrations at the front that prevented the rider and team from continuing the excellent work done in the FP1, closing the first day eighteenth.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 5th in 1’37.687
“Positive as first day, this morning we started immediately with a good feeling with the bike. In Fp2 we did some changes to understand the direction to take in tomorrow’s sessions. We know the way to take to continue the excellent work done so far. This evening we will focus on some details to well end the free practice sessions with tomorrow’s Fp3 and be competitive in qualifying. The race pace we will try tomorrow will be very important and we will do our best to take the direct access to Q2 and fight for the top positions of the grid!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 18th in 1’38.106
“This morning we started well, I didn’t expect to be so fast in the first practice. In the afternoon, however, something has changed, strong vibrations in the front complicated the driving of the Speed Up and we have not yet been able to figure out how to solve this problem. Now we just have to study the data collected in the two sessions and find a solution for tomorrow. I feel that there is a large margin for improvements and that we can be even more competitive. Tomorrow we will do our best to get into Q2”.
HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP
NAVARRO FLIES ON THE THIRD STEP OF THE PODIUM OF THE GRAN PREMI DE CATALUNYA
The HDR Heidrun Speed Up team finished an almost perfect weekend at the Catalunya-Barcelona circuit.
Fourth on the grid, Jorge lost three positions at the start and up to the fourth lap he was seventh. He did everything not to lose the leading group and with some overtaking after ten laps he was fifth behind Fernandez. His determination and a great pace in the final stages were key to him taking a welldeserved third place, which led him to take back the third position in the general classification.
The rookie of the team lost the possibility to step on the podium but once again he amazed everyone. Excellent start for Fabio Di Giannantonio who from fifth on the grid immediately gained a position and he was fourth behind Lowes at the end of the first lap. The Roman rider advanced one more position, the pace was good and on lap 10 he was third behind Marquez and Luthi. Unfortunately, in turn 10 of lap 11 Fabio crashed out and ended the fight for his first podium in Moto2 career.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 3rd
“We had a really good weekend, I’m very happy. We had left the Mugello with problems of feeling but here I found what I was looking for from the first day. The race was defined by small details but now we know the things we need to improve, especially the start of the race when we have a full tank and when we are at maximum speed to be able to pass our rivals more easily because today we were a bit limited . I want to thank the team, my family and all the people who came in this incredible weekend. And now the Netherlands is waiting for us! “
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – DNF
“After the good start we did well on the first lap too, I got touched with Marquez and Bastianini at turn 1 but I had not lost positions. Then I started overtaking, first Lowes, then Fernandez and I found myself behind Luthi and Marquez and I felt good on the Speed Up bike, I felt I could finish the race well. Unfortunately, on lap 11, I made a slight mistake and I crashed. We leave this weeekend sorry for the crash but happy with the steps we are taking forward. We have shown that we can stay with the first. Many thanks to the team for the excellent work we are doing together! “
SECOND ROW FOR HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP RIDERS IN THE GRAN PREMI DE CATALUNYA
A red hot qualifying session at the Catalunya circuit led both HDR Heidrun Speed Up team riders to secure the second row of the Gran Premi de Catalunya’s starting grid. Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio demonstrated a great team work that allowed both of them to be really competitive and fast on the track.
Jorge closed the three free practice sessions at the top of the standings in 1’44.241, a time marked in the middle of the third session. Behind him Fabio has confirmed the progress achieved on the Speed Up with the second chrono.
After gaining direct access to Q2, Navarro and Di Giannantonio left together the pit-lane starting the 15 minutes available for the grid positions fight.
The two HDR Heidrun Speed Up riders, after eight exciting laps together, closed the Catalan Saturday in fourth and fifth position by winning the second row of the grid.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 4th in 1’44.211
“We are having a good weekend. This morning we had a really good rhythm during the Fp3. After the practice session we made some small changes to the bike before the qualifying which gave us an extra boost. The session went very well, we did a good team work with my teammate and in the end it didn’t go wrong, although we expected something more. Anyway we are there, at +0.041 from pole, and it could be a great day if we continue to do our best as we are already doing!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 5th in 1’44.259
“This morning went very well, we have taken a big step since yesterday. The small changes we have made to the bike so far have been essential, they have given us that little extra that we did not have yesterday. In Fp3 we went really fast, second behind Jorge who, like us, did a great job with his staff. It was a good session for the team. The afternoon qualifying was the best in my world championship, we are only at +0.089 from the first. Honestly I believed it, I made a mistake in my fastest lap that probably cost me some positions, but I’m really happy. Tomorrow we must start strong, give gas and stay with the first until the end”.
NAVARRO THIRD AND DI GIANNANTONIO TWELFTH IN THE FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS OF THE CATALAN FRIDAY
The Moto2 weekend on the Catalan circuit of Barcelona, the seventh round of the World Championship, opened with the two free practice sessions. At the end of the first day, Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio finished third and twelfth respectively.
The Spaniard proved that he can be competitive right from the first laps of Fp1. After a fast lap with which he placed third in the standings, Jorge and his staff decided to take advantage of the second session to try some changes to the bike setting besides the harder tyre. Unfortunately, a crash on the tenth lap closed Navarro’s Friday early, but his third position remains unchanged.
After the incredible comeback in the Italian Gp race, Fabio went back on track very determined. He ended the first session sixteenth with a gap of eight tenths and then he managed to decrease it with the eighth time of the Fp2 at +0.478 from the first although the traffic on track. The HDR Heidrun Speed Up rider finally closed the first Catalan day with the twelfth combined time.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 3rd in 1’44.740
“Positive this first day. This morning the track conditions were different from the last test done in this circuit and so we tried to understand how to face the sessions. We were able to make good laps at a fast rhythm finishing the first race in third place. In the afternoon the conditions changed due to the increase in temperature but the feeling with the bike did not change and the pace was good. We then decided to change the front tyre with a harder one to try more solutions for the race but upon entering the track I realized that the feeling was not the same. Tomorrow we will continue with the soft tyre which is the most suitable choice!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 12th in 1’45.151
“Pretty good this morning, but I was expecting something more. The conditions were not the best, the track was quite slippery, but in the afternoon we were able to find the right pace and be fast. It’s a pity about the traffic on the track towards the end of the race, which didn’t allow more fast laps, but all in all I’m very happy. Now down to earth because we still have to improve and tomorrow it will be essential to be able to make a clean lap without traffic and try to give our best in qualifying”.
MB CONVEYORS SPEED UP
NAVARRO SEVENTH AND DI GIANNANTONIO TENTH WITH A GREAT COMEBACK
The sixth round of the Moto2 World Championship has just ended at the Mugello International Circuit. The MB Conveyors Speed Up team greets Mugello after a race full of emotions in which Navarro and Di Giannantonio fought with all their strength. Impressive is the undertaking of Fabio who ranked in tenth place recovering twenty-one positions. The MB Conveyors Speed Up rider has once again shown determination and competitiveness with a performance over the top.
Tough race but well managed by Jorge Navarro who with the seventh position earned nine fundamental points and ranked fourth in the World Championship Classification.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 7th
“It was a very complicated race, the most difficult so far for me. I started quite well and for the first few laps I managed to stay with the leading group. Then I gradually realized that the feeling was changing, I suffered especially from the fourth sector, in the last corner and in the straight when I accelerated I didn’t have the same pace as the others. Then, due to a mistake, I lost the position I was in, I tried to recover but the tyres towards the end of the race had by now lost grip. I am sorry because I was hoping for a better result but we must remain positive, today we gave our best by learning a lot and bringing points at home. In Catalunya we will keep working as we are doing!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 10th
“Delighted for this home Grand Prix! We were unlucky at the start otherwise we could have done much better. In any case, we have finally made a proper race, with a great step recovering 21 positions. One of the toughest races of my life. We have been good, I am really happy and I want to thank the team for the work we are doing, we must continue like this! “
SECOND AND FIFTH ROW FOR THE MB CONVEYORS SPEED UP TEAM IN THE ITALIAN QUALIFYING SESSION
At the Mugello International Circuit the MB Conveyors Speed Up team finished the qualifying session for the Grand Prix of Italy with Jorge Navarro’s fifth time and Fabio Di Giannantonio’s fourteenth. In the third morning free practice session both riders improved their Speed Up SF19T settings taking the sixth (Navarro in 1’51.856) and tenth (Di Giannantonio in 1’52.151) positions obtaining direct access to Q2. Excellent work by both teams, who with the data collected in Fp3 prepared to face the qualifying under the scorching sun of Mugello. Navarro, after a few laps on the track, returns for the tyre change five minutes before the end of the session and with determination found the fastest lap and took the second row of the starting grid. The number 21 of the team used FP3 to test the race pace and in addition to lowering the chrono, he demonstrated to be competitive in qualifying. Unfortunately, during his fastest lap of the session, Fabio was stopped by traffic on track and so he ended the session by taking the fifth row confident for tomorrow’s race.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 5th in 1’51.470
“Today was a positive day. This morning we had a good free practice session and with the final time we managed to rate ourselves directly for Q2. Initially in qualifying we could not find the fastest lap, then I stopped and changed the tyres. The feeling improved but the time was not much but we still managed to take fifth and second row. I think it’s a good position for the race, we still have some details to see, but we’ll fix everything for tomorrow”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 10th in 1’51.920
“I’m not happy with today’s qualifying. After the improvements this morning I expected to do much better in qualifying and instead I couldn’t find the fastest lap during the fifteen minutes on the track. I found too much traffic throughout the session. We will start back, but determined to recover from the first laps. Grit, head and heart are the keywords for tomorrow’s race”.
NAVARRO SIXTH AND DI GIANNANTONIO TENTH IN THE FIRST DAY OF THE GRAND PRIX OF ITALY
The MB Conveyors Speed Up team riders Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio started the Grand Prix of Italy finishing sixth and tenth in the combined classification of the first free practice sessions.Great performance for both crew in the team who demonstrated to be competitive from the first laps on the track. Di Giannantonio marked the third time of the FP1 starting the Tuscan Friday in the best way. He improved his time in the afternoon free practice and used the session working on the set up of his Speed Up bike finishing in tenth place at 0.631 from the first.The number nine of the team started the morning with the sixth time after staying in the top positions for many laps. In the second session, Navarro, after evaluating together with his staff the changes to be made, tested on the race pace, obtaining excellent results. He finished the first day of the Italian Grand Prix in sixth place in 1’52.541.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 6th in 1’52.541
“A positive first day! We tried several changes to understand which way to go and we have been able to understand a lot of things that we will need in the coming days. The pace was very good, maybe we missed an even faster lap, but we have time to improve tomorrow. We will use the last free practice session tomorrow morning and we will certainly try to get some good qualifying to start ahead. We are competitive and confident for Sunday’s race“.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 10th in 1’52.617
“This morning we started very well, the feeling was great and we managed to get strong immediately. In the afternoon we tried the hardest front tyre and even though it didn’t give me good sensations we still managed to do very well. It’s a grand prix that I really like, the home race is always more exciting than the others, especially for the people and because I like the circuit very much. Now let’s just think about improving and doing good qualifying session”.
LIGHTECH SPEED UP
JORGE NAVARRO TOOK THIRD CONSECUTIVE PODIUM IN LE MANS. DI GIANNANTONIO ENDED THE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE TWELFTH AFTER A SUPERB COMEBACK
The Lightech Speed Up team ends the French weekend with flying colors and greets Le Mans with so much satisfaction for the third consecutive podium of Jorge Navarro, runner-up, and the excellent comeback of teammate Fabio Di Gannantonio, who reached the points zone with the twelfth placement. After the wet qualifying on Saturday, the technicians changed the setting of the motorbikes because, although the sky was cloudy, a dry race was ahead. The poleman Navarro, after a good start lost some positions and on the first lap he was behind Vierge in fourth place. Almost halfway through the race, Jorge got second, determined to reach Marquez. Some driving errors took away the possibility for the number nine of the Lightech Speed Up team to fight for the victory, but once again he took a well-deserved second place and the fastest lap of the race. Fabio Di Giannantonio, twentieth on the grid, faced the race with the determination and the awareness of being able to compete and once again demonstrated his growth with the Speed Up bike, crossing the finish line in twelfth position.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 2nd
“I am really very happy about this weekend, especially because Le Mans is a circuit that has always created me some problems in this category. After the practice on Friday when we didn’t have a good feeling with the bike, I and my staff were really good at figuring out how to solve the problems and then get the pole in the wet. This morning, with a dry track, we made some changes to the setting and during the warm up I realized we could fight for the win. I’m sorry for the mistakes I made at the corner 8, without which we could reach the first position, but we still managed to finish second and take the third consecutive podium. We are super happy, twenty points more and third place in the standings”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 12th
“I’m happy because it was a pretty tricky race and after a complicated weekend we managed to do well. Starting from the twentieth position was not easy but I did my best and managed to recover some positions. We need to work better in free practice sessions and in qualifying to try to start later and then improve especially in the first part of the race where we were a bit slow”.
JORGE NAVARRO AMAZED EVERYBODY AT THE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE WITH THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE POLE
The Lightech Speed Up team riders returned to action at the Le Mans Bugatti circuit to determine their position on tomorrow’s starting grid. As expected, the last morning free practice session was affected by the rain, which did not allow Navarro and Di Giannantonio to improve Friday’s free practices time. Both riders then faced the Q1, again with a wet track. Jorge finished the qualifying session with the fourth time in 1’49.736 which allowed him to access Q2. On his return to the track, ready to fight for the top positions, Navarro took the lead improving his time every lap until taking the second consecutive pole of the season.Di Giannantonio showed an excellent feeling in the wet in the Fp3, in which he took the twelfth time in 1’46.362 with a gap of +0.244. Fabio faced the Q1 with determination but due to a fall at the start of the session and the traffic on track he almost reached access to the Q2, taking the twentieth position.First and seventh row of the starting grid for the Lightech Speed Up team riders ahead of tomorrow’s Grand Prix de France race that will start at 12.20 pm.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 16th in 1’37.232
“We did complicated free practice sessions, with a lot of problems, especially yesterday when we couldn’t find the feeling to make a good time that allowed direct access to Q2. Today in the wet it was initially complicated, but the team did a really good job. We have figured out where to improve and in the end we managed to get to Q2 and reach pole. I’m really happy and confident for tomorrow”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 21st in 1’37.488
“The day had started well. The feeling with the bike was excellent with both wet and damp tracks, we felt ready and confident to make a great Q1 and pass in Q2. Too bad for the small crash at the beginning of Q1 and shame about not being able to get into Q2 where we could certainly do well considering that with the time of Q1 we could start in sixth position on the grid”.
LIGHTECH SPEED UP: FIRST FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS OF THE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE
The fifth round of the Moto2 season has startes today at the legendary Le Mans circuit. In the first day of free practices the Lightech Speed Up team dedicated themselves to the development of the Speed Up SF19T by testing different tyre solutions.After 35 laps made in the two sessions, Jorge Navarro took sixteenth place in the combined standing with a gap of +0.681 from the first. Front-end problems reduced the feeling with his bike, but with the data collected in the two sessions Navarro and his staff are ready to face tomorrow.Difficult first day also for Di Giannantonio, who placed 21st in French Friday. Fabio is working to improve his feeling with the bike.Both riders, currently out of the first fourteen places, will have to make the most of the morning session to gain access to Q2. A lot will depend on the weather conditions, the rain forecast for tomorrow could change everything.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 16th in 1’37.232
“It was a strange day because the feeling was not good since the first session. With the soft tyres it took me a lot of effort especially with the front. When entering turns and accelerating, we have problems to solve. Certainly tomorrow, weather permitting, we will change the working plan using the hard tyre and if there is the possibility we will use the soft to make a good lap as it makes us faster. We are ready for tomorrow, it will be a much better day”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 21st in 1’37.488
“The day did not go as I expected. This morning we did a few laps during the first sessions, too few, even if the feeling was not bad at all. Instead in the afternoon, with the conditions slightly different from the morning, we made more effort due to lack of grip. We tried a harder tyre in front that I didn’t like very much. We are determined to do well this weekend and tomorrow we will do our best although the weather conditions are uncertain”.
HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP
HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP AGAIN ON THE PODIUM WITH NAVARRO AT JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
HDR Heidrun Speed Up team’s rider Jorge Navarro put his heart and soul into today’s race by taking second place. Fabio Di Giannantonio unfortunately was not able to push until the last lap due to a problem at the front but he was nevertheless able to lead a good race by crossing the finish line in twelfth position showing throughout the weekend that he could be competitive.
Two starts for the race due to a dramatic crash of multiple riders at the start, but without serious consequences. The riders immediately returned to the pits after the “red flag” preparing to leave in a short time. In the meantime, the Race Direction announced that the race laps will be 15. When the traffic lights went out, Navarro missed the start losing four positions and immediately after he started recovering positions until the second place that crowns the almost perfect weekend of Jorge Navarro and all his staff.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 2nd
“An almost perfect weekend! I am really happy with how we worked, with a couple of extra laps we could have fought for the victory but in any case we are satisfied with this podium. I must say that it’s always exciting to race here in Jerez. I thank the guys in the team for the work and support they give me. See you in Le Mans! “
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 12th
“A huge shame because we had a perfect weekend and in the race we could have done a lot much better! We believed it a lot because we all knew that we could aspire to a different position. Unfortunately we had a small problem at the front because of which I could not push more by turning almost a second slower than the other sessions of the weekend. Too bad, but let’s take the positive this weekend with the awareness of being faster, to have taken another step forward and get excited in Le Mans. The day after tomorrow we have a two-day test in Aragon where we will find some important solutions for the next races!”
INCREDIBLE NAVARRO’S POLE POSITION AND TRACK RECORD. DI GIANNANTONIO IN THE THIRD ROW AFTER A GREAT QUALIFYING
HDR Heidrun-Speed Up riders Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio were back in action at Jerez de la Frontera circuit to determine their position on tomorrow’s starting grid after both grabbing direct access to Q2. It was a sensational qualifying in which riders and team gave their best. Navarro pushed his Speed Up bike to the limit to take pole position and broking the all-time lap record to finish with a best of 1’41.182, confirming the improvements achieved since the first race of the season.
A session over the top also for Di Giannantonio who got direct access to the Q2 during the last morning free practice, improving the lap time of Friday by eight tenths. But it is precisely in qualifying that Fabio put his all into the qualifying until the last seconds grabbing the seventh position on the grid.
So the first and third row of the starting grid await us tomorrow at the start of the Moto2 race at 12.20.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 1st in 1’41.182
“Super super happy with the work we have done this weekend. In the morning session we did several laps with the used tyre trying to find a good rhythm and so after I knew that in qualifying with the new tyre we could be very fast but I didn’t think about the pole position. Once on the track I waited for the right moment to do my best and I managed to do a super lap time. I am very happy, tomorrow we will start from pole and we will see how far we can get!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 7th in 1’41.451
“Good today! I’m really very happy because since yesterday we have taken a big step forward. I expected to improve a little, but not so much sincerely. We are ready for tomorrow and we can really make a good race, however, feet on the ground, head down and work with maximum concentration because tomorrow we can really do well. Good job Jorge and team, we’re doing really well! “
NAVARRO LEADS SPANISH FRIDAY FREE PRACTICES. DI GIANNANTONIO STARTS THE GRAND PRIX OF SPAIN
The Moto2 World Championship arrives in Europe for the fourth round of the season. On the first day of the Spanish Grand Prix, HDR Heidrun Speed Up riders seem to be in great shape after the work they did on the first day of free practice at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit. The best time of the combined sessions is precisely that of Jorge Navarro who, together with his staff, immediately found a good feeling with the bike becoming the fastest on track. Even for Di Giannantonio the race weekend started well. In fp1 he took the seventeenth time at 0.663 tenths from the first, but it is during the afternoon session that the Roman rider managed to improve his performance on track although the wind and the highest temperatures. In tomorrow’s last free practice session, the number 21 of the team will give it all to reach direct access to Q2.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 1st in 1’41.819
“It was a very positive day. We worked well with the team right away adapting very well to the new tyres, the feeling is good mostly this morning when we finished the session with the best time. In fp2 we have tried small changes to understand which direction to take. We tested well the front tyres and other small changes to the front that gave positive results. At the end of the session I made a mistake with a bad crash, and I’m sorry because it was my 100% mistake. Anyway, we’re ready for tomorrow”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 17th in 1’42.482
“We arrived here very excited! First day in Europe, in Jerez, on a track that I like a lot. They have resurfaced the track at various points and you can feel that the asphalt is new and there is more grip. I am happy this morning and even more this afternoon because we made a step forward and even though there was more wind and it was warmer we were able to shoot with the lap times of the morning. With the bike we have improved, especially on the front end, and I’m happy about it but we still can improve both on my driving and on the setting. In tomorrow’s Fp3 we will try to get into the 14 riders and then do a good qualifying”.
GOOD PERFORMANCE FOR COLLIN VEIJER AT THE AUTODROMO DEL MUGELLO
The second round of the Italian Speed Championship took place at the Mugello International Circuit.
Great effort by Collin and his staff since the free practice on Thursday during which they worked hard to improve the feeling with the bike. The front of the bike seemed to be causing problems for Veijer, but the young Dutch didn’t give up and took the tenth position on the grid. After a difficult start in Race 1, the Speed Up Junior team’s rider fought with the second group and crossed the finish line in eighth position. Race 2 was instead characterized by rain. The track and driving conditions were different, but Collin found a great feeling during the 2 warm up laps granted by the direction. He started well reaching the fifth position at the first corner. Unfortunately due to a small mistake at turn 4 of the first lap Collin crashed out finishing his race.
Collin Veijer#95: “The free practice on Thursday didn’t start as we expected because of a problem with the front of the bike, but after the good work of the team we managed to find the right set up that I could continue with. I want to thank Fabio Di Giannantonio for his advice during that day too. Q1 on Friday was ok until I tried to push more losing the front. Even here the team made some adjustments on the front and so in Q2 I felt better but unfortunately I couldn’t find a good fast lap. In Race1 I had a difficult start but then I was able to fight with the second group and take p8 learning a lot. On Sunday Race2 I had a good feeling during the 2 warm up laps on wet track, I knew I could make a good race. Actually, the start was very good and I was able to overtake some
BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
NAVARRO CLIMBED UP TO THIRD STEP OF THE PODIUM OF THE GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS
Beta Tools Speed Up team with Jorge Navarro took the first podium of the season and the first in Moto2 for the rider, who achieved with gritted teeth a fantastic third place at the Grand Prix of the Americas.
A very positive weekend since the first laps on track for Navarro who was very fast and competitive on his Speed Up SF19T. He took the second row on the grid in Saturday’s qualifying, then in the warm-up he and his staff made some changes to the braking gaining more confidence in driving. When the traffic lights went out, the Spaniard struggled in the early laps until he found stability to push more and start to climb up to the third step of the podium.
Unlucky race instead for Fabio Di Giannantonio that crashed out shortly after the start following the contact with another rider. Too bad for the result at the end of the race, but team and rider are coming back home aware of the progress achieved thanks to the hard work done this weekend and confident to do well already from the next appointment with Moto2 to be held at the warm Jerez circuit de la Frontera from 3 to 5 May.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 3rd
“On Friday we already did a great job continuing to make progress with the setting of the bike towards the race and this morning in the warm up we took another step forward which gave me a lot of confidence especially in the braking and in the race I immediately felt the difference. I did not start well but after a few laps I started recovering, I knew my strengths and I tried to exploit them to the maximum. I pushed as hard as I could and finally got to the podium. A great joy after a long period of continuous search for a result like this. We still have a lot of work to do ahead of us, we need to continue like this”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – DNF
“I am very sorry because we could have had a good race, but it didn’t happen because of another rider we finished it after a few meters from the start. I am very disappointed but, in the end, we have made a lot of progress this weekend and so we take the positive and bring it to Europe. We are very excited for the next race in Spain!”
SECOND ROW FOR NAVARRO AND FIFTH FOR DI GIANNANTONIO AT THE CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS
The weather is the protagonist of this second day of the Grand Prix of the Americas and the direction is forced to cancel the third free practice session due to bad weather.
Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio got direct access to the Q2 thanks to their great free practice on Friday in which they got the seventh and ninth places in the combined classification. In the decisive session which determined the starting order in tomorrow’s race, the two Beta Tools Speed Up team riders reached second and fifth row of the grid. Navarro, although the strong wind on the track, took advantage of every second of the session by continuously improving his fast lap. And it is with the last lap of the qualifying that the Spaniard took the sixth place. Di Giannantonio managed to take the thirteenth time after a complicated qualifying because of the lack of feeling with the front of the bike. He will take advantage of tomorrow’s warm up to figure out with his staff what changes to make.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 6th in 2’11.333
“Today was a strange day because we only did 6/7 laps because of the weather. However, this morning we made some small changes based on the data collected yesterday and I immediately found myself well. I thought the conditions would have been worse especially for the lack of grip and the wind, but the track was a bit slower so I managed to do well with good sensations and a good pace so I am confident for tomorrow, we can have a good race“.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 13th in 2’12.494
“I am not happy with today’s thirteenth place. This is the best qualifying of this year but I know we could have done a lot better. There was a lot of wind on the track and I had no feeling with the front and so I rode much more slowly than the others and also than yesterday. We are still positive, if our worst condition is to do 13th at the moment it is not bad, for me tomorrow we can manage the situation and recover”.
SEVENTH AND NINTH PLACE FOR THE BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM IN THE FIRST DAY OF THE GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS
A good start of the Grand Prix of the Americas for the Beta Tools Speed Up team, once again demonstrating the great potential of the Speed Up SF19T bikes and their riders. There was no time to relax on this first day of free practice at COTA. The rain forecast for tomorrow morning forced the Moto2 riders to push immediately to guarantee access to the Q2.
Surprising Di Giannantonio who was able to immediately adapt his driving to one of the toughest circuit and at the end of the day he took seventh place in the combined rankings after a clear improvement from the morning session. Jorge Navarro also started the race weekend on the right foot. The Spaniard took third place in the first free practice in the morning also showing an excellent pace. In Fp2 he continued to improve the setting of the bike together with his staff improving the lap time by almost eight tenths, positioning himself in ninth place.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 7th in 2’10.719
“Today well, very well! I like the track a lot here, as the place and the atmosphere, everything is beautiful here so I arrived full excited for this Gp. This morning was fine even though we could have done better, but obviously it took me a while to adapt to the track and to understand the setting of the bike, while this afternoon we took a big step forward. We still have a lot to improve in my opinion, especially in the braking, but we are on the right way. Let’s see tomorrow to take another step forward because we only have one session before QP”.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 9th in 2’10.763
“First positive day. This morning we rode with a good pace and in the afternoon we tried some solutions getting good conclusions, but we still have some work ahead to improve the feeling with the bike that is not so good due to the lack of grip. However, I am sure that tomorrow we will be able to find a solution to these problems and being ready for the qualifying”.