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”.
COLLIN VEIJER, WHAT A WEEKEND! EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE OF THE YOUNG DUTCH AT HIS FIRST RACE WEEKEND IN MOTO3
Last weekend Speed Up Junior team and the pre-moto3 2018 vice champion, Collin Veijer, kicked off the 2019 season of the Italian Speed Championship class Moto3 at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
The promising young Dutch, in his debut in the category, impresses and excites with his talent during the weekend. After reaching the ninth place of the grid in Saturday’s qualifying, Collin made a good start in both races. In race1 a brake problem hindered his driving, but the Speed Up rider put it all out and crossed the finish line in fourth position. The following day, in race2, the young rider fought tightly with the leading group and finished seventh with just one second behind the winner.
The next round of the Moto3 CIV will be at the Mugello International Circuit on April 26-27-28.
Collin Veijer#95: “Of course I am happy with my 4th place in race1, but the 7th place in race2 gave me a lot more satisfaction because I was able to compete continuously in the leading group. I also learned a lot in this race. The gap from the winner at the end of the race was only one second and in race1 it was approximately twelve seconds. I finished the first racing weekend of the season taking the 4th place in the general classification. The team and I are very satisfied of my first Moto3 performance. A big thank to my Speed Up Junior team for the work they did and to all my sponsors. I can’t wait for the next race in Mugello, I will work very hard to get ready to the second round of the championship!”
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”.
+EGO SPEED UP TEAM:
RIMONTA SENSAZIONALE DI FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO AL SUO PRIMO GRAN PREMIO IN MOTO2. NAVARRO CADE DOPO LA PARTENZA
Uno strepitoso Di Giannantonio termina il suo primo Gran Premio nella classe Moto2 all’undicesimo posto dopo una rimonta sensazionale. Il rookie romano, dopo aver perso parecchie posizioni in partenza, riesce a trovare il feeling necessario per guadagnare terreno. Sorpasso dopo sorpasso arriva alla zona punti e supera ogni aspettativa raggiungendo l’undicesima posizione.
Jorge Navarro invece balza dalla moto poco dopo la partenza a causa di una frenata improvvisa dovuta ad un incidente avvenuto a pochi metri da lui. Il pilota spagnolo dopo la brutta caduta ha riportato diverse contusioni e tre punti sul ginocchio destro, ma fortunatamente non sembra nulla di grave.
Il bilancio, nonostante la caduta di Navarro, è comunque positivo grazie al progresso raggiunto dai due piloti Speed Up nel corso del weekend. Il feeling con le Speed Up SF19T è di molto migliorato in questa prima gara e Jorge e Fabio sono pronti a continuare i miglioramenti raggiunti finora per poter essere più competitivi nel prossimo Gran Premio di Argentina.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – non classificato
“Sono deluso ed arrabbiato perché non meritavamo di finire così questo gran premio per qualcosa che non si può controllare quando altri piloti ti cadono davanti. Ho provato a frenare appena ho visto quello che stava accadendo perché non avevo altra soluzione, ma ho bloccato la ruota posteriore, perso grip e son balzato in aria. Alla fine mi hanno dato tre punti al ginocchio destro, spero non sia nulla di grave. Farò ulteriori accertamenti appena arriverò a casa, ma ce la metterò tutta per ritornare al meglio per il Gran Premio di Argentina. È un peccato perché credo potevo stare tra i primi, ma dobbiamo guardare avanti e continuare a lottare!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 11°
“Contentissimo! Non mi aspettavo così la prima gara! Ho commesso un errore in partenza, ma alla fine sono riuscito a recuperare le posizioni perse e molte di più di quelle previste. Non mi aspettavo neanche di avere questo passo e invece più giravo più andavo forte quindi tutto benissimo! Con i ragazzi bene bene bene, abbiamo trovato la quadra per la gara che era fondamentale per prendere i punti. Quindi bene, più 5 sulla classifica generale!”
QUALIFYING: FORTH AND SEVENTH ROW FOR THE +EGO SPEED UP TEAM’S RIDERS
The +EGO Speed Up team’s riders, Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio, are determined to achieve positive results in the opening round of the Moto2 World Championship to be held under the spotlight of Losail International circuit at 6:20 pm (local time), in Qatar.
Today, for the first time, the Moto2 class faced the double qualification as the MotoGP class. Jorge Navarro reached the direct access to the Q2 thanks to the sixth time of the combined free practice. It was a qualifying little bit difficult for the number nine of the team that placed twelfth and will start tomorrow from the fourth row. Unfortunately, the feeling was not the same as the previous days and the wind made the driving conditions more difficult than usual, but in the race everything can change and he is determined to do so.
Di Giannantonio instead has faced the Q1 after the twenty-first time got in the combined free practice. The young rookie had almost made it to gain access to the Q2 to then fight for the pole with the fastest, but the fastest lap of his qualifying was eliminated for having passed the kerb. Fabio will start the race from the seventh row in nineteenth position determined to recover as much positions as possibile.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 12th in 1’59.325
“Today we continued to work according to how we had planned. In the fp3 there were not the right conditions to try and we could not get good solutions. Even in qualifying, unfortunately I could not give my best because of the strong wind that made the driving definitely more unstable. I’m not at all happy but we have to look ahead because we have had a good pace throughout the week and tomorrow in the race we can be competitive!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 19th in 1’59.754
“Overall good! Compared to yesterday we improved a lot, increasing above all the feeling with the bike. In Q1 we did two good laps only that the lap that brought us the Q2 was eliminated cause out of the allowed area. Tomorrow we can have a good race, we will certainly use the warm up to try to improve a bit more. The goal is to make points and then I’ll do it all”.
NAVARRO AND DI GIANNANTONIO AT WORK IN THE FIRST DAY OF FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS AT THE LOSAIL CIRCUIT
The first day of free practice of the first Grand Prix of the 2019 Moto2 World Championship has just come to an end. The +EGO Speed Up team staff is excited for the new season that even this year will touch 19 circuits in 15 countries of the world.
The first session of the Grand Prix of Qatar took place under a bright sun with the asphalt temperature reaching 39 degrees. In the second round the sun went down, bringing the temperature down to 22 degrees. Navarro wasted no time, and already from the first practice he pointed out his competitiveness. At the end of the day he placed sixth with a gap of only four tenths from the first.
On the other side of the box, Fabio Di Giannantonio and his technical staff focused on bike setting by trying different solutions. He finished the first day twenty-first with a good margin for improvement.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 6th in 1’59.036
It was a positive day. We were immediately competitive even if I made a small mistake a few laps from the beginning and I slipped for the little feeling. In fp2 we started with the rear tire used to see how much grip we had and I must say that I had very positive feelings both on grip and on the pace. We have to improve in T1 which is the sector in which we lose more time and we must therefore understand what we are wrong, but in general it went well
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 21st in 1’59.831
“First day not exactly as I expected because after the tests of the last I expected to leave better. We are trying a bit ‘of things, especially on the engine brake and power. There is still a lot of work to do but I remain positive because we still have some time to do well from tomorrow”.
+EGO SPEED UP TEAM ENDS PRE-SEASON TESTING IN LOSAIL, QATAR
The third day on track at Losail concluded the last official test before the start of the Motorcycle World Championship in Qatar. They were three days of hard work for the + EGO Speed Up team in which Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio were able to continue the work started in the previous pre-season tests, measuring the potential of the Speed Up SF19T bikes on a circuit different from those tested so far.
Navarro confirmed the good results of the last test in Jerez obtaining his best lap in 1’58.923 in the last session after continuous progress. At the end of the three days, he is seventh by less than five tenths from the first.
Even the rookie Di Giannantonio finished the last pre-season test with a smile showing huge improvements and an increasing feeling with the bike and with the team. He got nineteenth position in the 3-day combined ranking in 1’59.407 by four tenths from the top ten.
Jorge Navarro#9: “I’m happy cause in these three days of testing we worked a lot on the bike and we also focused on my driving improving every day. We have tried many solutions and even if we have not yet found the set-up with which I feel completely at ease, we managed to make a good lap and above all to find a consistent rhythm. We are ready for the first race and we cannot wait to get back on track!
Fabio Di Giannantonio#21: “Three really positive days of testing. We are closer to the first thanks to the progress we made sin each session after several changes and tests in which we understood the direction to take. I like the bike more and more, I’m adapting a lot to riding a moto2 and so we are satisfied with the steps taken so far. Obviously, we are a bit ‘far from the first, but we are not too worried because we have all the time and the desire to improve!”
+ EGO SPEED UP RACING TEAM: THE EUROPEAN PRE-SEASON TESTS ARE CONCLUDED, QATAR IS WAITING FOR US!
With the third and last session played today, the + EGO Speed Up Racing team leaves Jerez with good feelings and the right conditions to do well.
In the three-day official IRTA test the tireless Navarro is eight in the combined standings with Di Giannantonio, rookie in the category, who placed nineteenth showing to be on top of this class since the first laps done on track.
Three daily sessions for a total of nine, 80-minute each in three days where the +EGO Speed Up Racing team’s riders tried different setting solutions, maturing encouraging progress.
The number nine of the team was among the most competitive on the race pace as well as having signed the third best time of the second day in 1’41.302.
At +EGO Speed Up garage, satisfaction for the competitiveness shown also by Fabio Di Giannantonio who signed with his Speed Up SF19T an excellent 1’41.763 during the first session of the third day of testing.
And now it’s Qatar time for the last pre-season test (1-2-3 March) before the resounding and eagerly awaited start of the season.
Jorge Navarro#9: “It has been a very positive test with all the riders of the 2019 grid. We have seen that there are some points where we have to improve as there are others where we are strong. In Qatar we will analyse well the collected data of these days. We realized many laps collecting important data from which we will try to get a good starting point from which starting in the next test!”
Fabio Di Giannantonio#21: “I am very happy with these three days because the more I ride the more the feeling with the bike increases. The team is doing a really fantastic job, I feel very good. I’m sorry for today’s crash at the start of the second session which has compromised the last two sessions, but I’m still happy and I can’t wait for Qatar where we will give our best in the last pre-season test. There is still a lot of work to do, but we are on the right way!”