+EGO SPEED UP
BITTERSWEET PODIUM FOR DI GIANNANTONIO AT SAN MARINO GP. NAVARRO TO REMOUNT IN SEVENTH POSITION.
+EGO Speed Up team ended the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di RImini with a bittersweet podium for Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Navarro’s comeback, seventh at the finish line. It is difficult to accept the decision of the race direction on the off-track of Fernandez a few turns from the end being aware that Fabio’s amazing race deserved the victory. Despite the decision, the Roman rookie climbed for the second time on the second step of the podium satisfied with his performance and aware of having given the maximum. Navarro made up for a tough weekend with a good comeback by crossing the line in seventh place. Eight positions recovered by Jorge who with a good start and a lot of determination managed to finish the race with nine fundamental points for the World Championship classification.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 2nd
“I’m sorry for what happened today and I’m sorry about the decision made by the race direction. Let’s take the result that is, which in any case is excellent. We were very strong this weekend and the pole position took yesterday with today’s podium confirm it. A pity because it would have been nice to win after 24 laps leading the race. Let’s focus on next Gp in Aragon satisfied and aware of what we know and can do!”
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 7th
“It was the most complicated weekend of my season, without a doubt. We made a radical change this morning in the warm that worked very well with this morning’s temperatures. But in the race the conditions changed and the feeling was not the same. Fortunately, I managed to start well and move forward in the first laps until I reached the fifth position, but I realized that I had neither the rhythm nor the feeling to continue driving as I was doing. I risked crashing twice and so I tried to keep up without risking too much. In the end, seventh, but for how this Grand Prix went I think it’s a positive result. Now let’s think about next race in Spain, Aragon, a track that I really like”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO SEALS SUPERB POLE POSITION AT SAN MARINO GP
The pole position of the San Marino GP is all Italian. Fabio Di Giannantonio took his Speed Up to the top of the Misano World Circuit starting grid and sealed the first pole position of his world career. That of Misano is not among the simplest weekends for Jorge Navarro who qualified fifteenth and will start from the fifth row in tomorrow’s race.
Since the first practice session on Friday, Di Giannantonio has proven to be competitive by concluding the third free practice sessions with the second best time in 1’37.802. In qualifying Fabio made no mistake and found his fastest lap at the end of the session, taking pole position.
Navarro struggled in the three free practices but he’s good at gaining direct access to Q2. In qualifying he did his best but couldn’t find the fastest lap and finished the race in fifteenth position. The Spaniard will use tomorrow’s warm-up to try new solutions at the rear. The goal will be to recover positions from the first laps and find a fast and steady rhythm that will allow him to gain ground.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 1st in 1’37.481
“Great day today! I’m so happy for my first position! This morning I got on the track with the hard tyres and I had a great feeling, when I put on the soft tyres I didn’t expect to improve so much. In the afternoon I managed to take another step despite the fact that the lap was not perfect, I am really happy. It will be a tough race, but I think we’re there”.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 15th in 1’38.181
“I think it’s the most complicated weekend of this season. The technicians and I are really struggling to find the feeling of the previous weekends, but we will continue to work as we have always done. We will use tomorrow morning’s warm up to understand how to face the race to the best of our abilities”.
DI GIANNANTONIO GREETS MISANO CROWD WITH THE THIRD PLACE. NAVARRO CLOSES THE FIRST DAY OF SAN MARINO GP FREE PRACTICES.
At Marco Simoncelli circuit in Misano Adriatico, the thirteenth round of the Moto2 World Championship season has been kicked off today.
Di Giannantonio closed the first day of free practice of the home Grand Prix with the third best time. It was a good day for the number twenty-one of the + EGO Speed Up team, who, in both Friday practices was able to show determination and good pace finishing the day at only +0.138 from the first.
Jorge Navarro ended the first day in nineteenth position. Jorge and the team weren’t able to take full advantage of the second session to find a solution to the lack of rear grip but they are confident in tomorrow’s third and final free practice to improve the bike set-up and try to reach direct access to Q2.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 3rd in 1’38.463
“I am really happy about this first day both for the result and for the Grand Prix itself, it is always exciting to return to this circuit mainly for the warmth of the people who make me feel right at home. Today we were fast with both hard and soft tyres. Tomorrow we will understand with which tyre to face the qualifying. We are very determined and excited!”
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 19th in 1’39.084
“The truth is that it was not our best Friday, it was quite a complicated day. We could not find the right feeling to face the two sessions as we normally do. We didn’t have the right feeling in the front, but especially in the rear when I feel no grip in the middle of a turn when accelerating with some vibrations. Now we just have to understand how to solve these problems, we have enough time and determination to do it and come back as competitive as ever“.
CAMPETELLA SPEED UP
NAVARRO FLIES ON THE SECOND STEP OF THE BRITISH PODIUM. DI GIANNANTONIO SIXTH TO THE FINISH LINE
At Silverstone comes the seventh podium of the season for Speed Up which climbed to the second step of the British Grand Prix after a great race by Jorge Navarro. Sixth position instead for Fabio Di Giannantonio who also showed determination and constant growth this weekend.
The team’s number nine smiles once again after having crossed the finish line in second place. A race to the limit, fought to the end, where the feeling was different from that of the weekend sessions, perhaps due to the high temperatures, but which in any case Jorge was able to manage well giving great emotions.
Di Giannantonio concluded a very positive weekend with an excellent performance. Eighteen laps giving the maximum until the last one in which he overcomed Baldassarri taking the sixth position.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 2nd in 2’04.417
“I’m really very happy about this weekend. We have been competitive in all sessions, taking first or second. Finally I made a good start without losing any position. The conditions were different from yesterday in fact we were missing 3-4 tenths, the feeling was not the same and not even the rhythm but in any case I gave the maximum in the race. Surely all this has influenced, especially in the last laps when Augusto had a few tenths more than me. It was a good race, I am really happy with this sixth podium!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 10th in 2’04.959
“A great weekend, I’m happy to have finished the race in the top ten next to the first ones. We started well gaining positions immediately, then we found some difficulties towards the end but every race is in itself and I am happy with the sixth position because we have shown that we are there. I suffered a little from the lack of front grip and having fought with Baldassarri until the last lap confirmed that we can still improve a lot. Go on like this, we can’t wait for Misano!”
FIRST AND FOURTH ROW FOR CAMPETELLA SPEED UP TEAM IN THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
Jorge Navarro closed the qualifying session of the British Grand Prix with the second best time and will start the race once again from the front row. Fabio Di Giannantonio took tenth place and will start the race, which will exceptionally begin at 15.30 Italy time zone, from the fourth row of the grid.
To mark the first time of the combined free practice session was the number nine of the Campetella Speed Up team who, with a fast and constant pace, got direct access to qualifying n.2 ready to compete for the top positions on the starting grid. In the fifteen minutes available, Jorge made no mistake and scored the second time of the race in 2’04.417 improving his fastest lap.
Di Giannantonio took tenth place in free practice sessions. Fabio also joined Q2 and it was in qualifying when he found the best set-up of the weekend and improving the feeling he was able to improve also the lap time by almost six tenths, finishing the qualifying in tenth position.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 2nd in 2’04.417
“It has been a very positive weekend so far. We finished the three free practice sessions with the best time and a fast pace. The feeling with the bike is very good and tomorrow we can have a good race. From p2 we can be very competitive, we are ready to give our best as always!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 10th in 2’04.959
“In qualifying we found the best set-up of the weekend, getting closer to the one we had during the Czech Republic Grand Prix. We improved several aspects of the bike that made the driving much better, I’m feeling better. We will start from the fourth row of tomorrow’s grid focused on making a good start and finding the pace to stay with the leading group”.
JORGE NAVARRO TAKES FIRST PLACE AND TRACK RECORD IN BRITISH GP FRIDAY PRACTICES
At Silverstone circuit Speed Up got back on track with the new yellow light blue livery marked Campetella, a name that sounds familiar to the world of two wheels. The sponsor is an Italian excellence in the world of robotics, Campetella has in fact spent nine years in the 250 class with its team and today continues to be part of the racing world competing alongside Speed Up as the main Sponsor for the British Grand Prix.
In today’s free practices Jorge Navarro took the track record as well as the first place in 2’04.993. The feeling of the number nine of the Campetella Speed Up team was good already in the first free practice in the morning in which he marked the second time behind an incredible Di Giannantonio.
Even Fabio started well the British Friday taking first place in fp1 in 2’05.777, while in the second session of the day the team 21 decided to try different adjustments for Sunday’s race finishing the day with the twelfth time.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 1st in 2’04.993
“Super positive first day. Already this morning I found myself well with the asphalt and the bike. In the afternoon we made some small changes to the setting and already from the first laps of the second test I found some improvements. We also tried hard tires and softer ones to understand which choice to take in view of the race. From the results obtained we know the decisions to be taken for tomorrow’s sessions, we are ready!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 12th in 2’05.764
“A positive day! This morning went very well, we started strong even though with the soft we could do much more. In the afternoon we made some changes and even if we were not so fast I have to say that it went much better than it seems. Now we must examine the two tests combining the positive things of both sessions”.
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”.
JORGE NAVARRO TAKES FOURTH PLACE IN AUSTRIAN FRIDAY. DI GIANNANTONIO AT WORK TO IMPROVE THE TWENTY-FOURTH POSITION.
The Beta Tools Speed Up riders are back on track today at the Red Bull Ring for the first free practice sessions of the Austrian Grand Prix.During the afternoon’s practices, Navarro is fourth in the combined standings with an excellent time (1’29.147) at +0.133 from the top. The feeling with the bike improved in the fp2 when Jorge with his staff could find the most suitable setting showing he had a constant and competitive rhythm.A more complicated start for Di Giannantonio who at the end of the two practice sessions was ranked twenty-fourth. Fabio was unable to find the right feeling for the track in the two sessions today, encountering problems at the front. New changes will be applied in tomorrow’s fp3 to improve the lap time and be ready for good qualifying.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 4th in 1’29.147
“A positive Friday from the first outing on track. Sorry for the crash this morning, I forced the front a little too much on turn 4. We lost some time, but the team did a great job to get back on track as soon as possible. In the minutes remaining, we figured out where to work for fp2. In fact the session was very positive, the pace was excellent and towards the end, with the new tyre, we did the fourth time of the day. We are ready for tomorrow!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 24th in 1’29.999
“I expected to start better today, but instead we found more difficulties once on track. Today I was struggling to stop the bike when breaking and this complicated the first session in the morning. Once the new tyres were mounted in the afternoon we found a bad tyre. We were not able to improve our time, but with the data collected we will find a solution for tomorrow”.
BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
DI GIANNANTONIO SHOWS IMPRESSIVE RACE TAKING THE SECOND STEP OF THE PODIUM OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC GP. COURAGEOUS COMEBACK BY NAVARRO, FOURTH AT THE FINISH LINE.
Fabio Di Giannantonio brought his Speed Up SF19T to the second step of the podium of the Czech Republic Grand Prix with a performance over the top. The Roman rookie demonstrated throughout the weekend that he had the right feeling and the necessary pace to reach the top positions, and so it was. From the fifth position Fabio started very well, taking third at the end of the first lap. A few turns after the number 21 of the team was second behind Marquez managing to maintain a constant pace until the end of the 19 laps in which he crossed the finish line in second position.
Jorge Navarro’s race was also excellent although the wrong start penalized him. From the eleventh position on the grid, Jorge closed the first lap fifteenth but without losing heart because after some continuous overtaking he was already fifth at the end of the tenth lap. Navarro’s pace was rapid and constant enough to take third place behind Marquez and Diggia. He ended the race in fourth position aware of having put his heart and soul into it.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 2nd
“I’m very happy! We had a great race and I really enjoyed it. I thought I could win it, and I tried that too, but then when I saw that Alex’s pace was very good I didn’t want to risk it. Today we have reached the first of many goals and we are really proud for this. See you in Austria, much more ready than before!
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 4th
“Happy because we returned from the summer break in good shape. We have been competitive throughout the weekend, unfortunately we started too far and not well, but as soon as I managed to find my rhythm I immediately started to overtake. When starting from so far back it is not easy to recover. Arriving at the third position I knew I couldn’t reach Fabio and Alex and since the rear tyre was giving me non-positive signals I didn’t push. I didn’t exactly know the distance with Bastianini, I relaxed a little and I lost my position. Of course I’m sorry, but we remain more than positive for the work we are doing!”
SECOND AND FOURTH ROW FOR BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM IN THE CZECH GRAND PRIX
Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Navarro will start from the second and fourth row respectively in tomorrow’s Czech Grand Prix race.
The number 21 of the Beta Tools Speed Up team closed the free practices ensuring direct access to Q2. In the fifteen minutes available the weather conditions and therefore of the track have changed constantly. The session started in the wet and ended in a track partly dry that complicated the choice of tyres. Fabio immediately showed he had a great feeling in both conditions finishing the qualifying in fifth position. Navarro found stability and good pace during the fp3 confirming access to Q2. The Spaniard suffered a little more the tyres choice during the qualifying, finishing in eleventh position, but remains confident in view of the dry race scheduled for tomorrow.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 5th in 2’12.053
“I’m quite happy with today’s qualifying session. We are aware of the fact that we could take pole, but I didn’t feel like risking more in these conditions. In the end I am happy with how this weekend is going because we are working really well. My bike and I are in good shape and tomorrow I think we are ready in both conditions. On the dry we have a great pace and in the wet we are among the fastest, we can really make a good race. Fourth consecutive second row, we are ready, let’s see how it goes tomorrow!”
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 11th in 2’13.456
“It was a strange day due to the weather conditions, but positive for the progress achieved. We improved the feeling and confirmed an excellent race pace during the morning practice session. Tomorrow the race will be dry and we are ready to it. Unfortunately, in qualifying we were not able to do better than eleventh position, perhaps we did not implement the best strategy with a track neither wet nor dry. I felt I could not risk 100% on the track, but the fourth row is not so bad. In any case, we’ll give it all tomorrow!”
DI GIANNANTONIO TOPS FREE PRACTICES OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC GRAND PRIX
Friday’s Czech Republic Grand Prix takes on the Beta Tools Speed Up team’s colours. Fabio Di Giannantonio leaves his mark taking the best free practice time in 2’01.695 during the second free practice session. The return from the summer break was also very positive for Jorge Navarro who took the eighth place in today’s practice sessions by a few tenths behind his team-mate. Navarro worked hard to find the right setting for the track and after improving his lap time he spent most of the afternoon session working on the race pace.
After leaving Germany with the fourth place and his best result of the season, Di Giannantonio immediately showed he had a good feeling with his Speed Up bike since the first laps performed on the Brno track. During the afternoon practice sessions, with a tyre change and a small change to the setting, Fabio significantly reduced the time in the morning and after a series of fast laps he took the best time of the day.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 2st in 2’01.695
“Finally we are back on the bike after three weeks of endless summer break. This morning it took me a while to adapt to the driving after this break, but we finished the session knowing that we could have improved a lot. Very well in Fp2, we are first for the first time and really happy with the work we are doing. I run well, I managed to make a good lap and have a good pace throughout the whole session. I like the bike but we have to stay focused because tomorrow it could rain and therefore the conditions could change considerably. We will see, but in any case, we will keep pushing!”
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 8th in 2’01.973
“Glad to be back on the track with my bike and to work with my team after the break. Already this morning I felt good on the bike, then in the afternoon we made some changes that improved the feeling. The race pace is certainly our strong point. We didn’t make a good fast lap but it doesn’t worry me much because we are all very close and our pace is excellent. We are missing some small details to improve further but we can do well. Let’s see tomorrow what the conditions will be, if it rains we will put on the rain helmet and we will continue to work because I believe we can do well in both cases!”
FIRST SUPERB PODIUM FOR COLLIN VEIJER IN MOTO3 CLASS, SECOND IN RACE1
At the Misano World Circuit Collin Veijer and the Speed Up Junior team took the first podium of the season in Moto3 class.
After a complicated third round at Imola circuit, Collin left the track with the desire to redeem himself. From the first practice sessions the feeling with the bike was positive for the Speed Up rider who, after some changes to the setting of the bike, marked the seventh qualifying time by taking the third row of the starting grid.
In Race 1 Collin made no mistake and went on to take the second step of the podium after sixteen incredible laps. The track conditions changed considerably in Race2 due to the slight rain. The Speed Up rider put all his efforts and managed to finish the race in tenth position.
Collin Veijer#95: “In Race1 I gave everything I could and I am therefore very happy with the podium, something that everyone deserved after working hard to find a good adjustment. Race2 soon became clear to me that the grip in the rain was not ok, so I tried what was possible and wanted to finish in the end to grab points, it just couldn’t be more. My thanks go to the Speed up team and everyone who makes this possible for me”.
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”.