HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP
RACE: TOUGH WEEKEND FOR THE HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP TEAM
A difficult Spanish Grand Prix for the HDR Heidrun Speed Up team, almost to be forgotten after the crash of Jorge Navarro and the unfinished race of Fabio Di Giannantonio.
A race that we all looked forward to after the stop of these months, but which leaves a bitter taste in the mouth for teams and riders from the first lap when Navarro crashed out immediately after the first turn. The number nine crashed to the ground after the contact with Bezzecchi who, passing it from the inside, touched Jorge’s front wheel. For the Spaniard there was nothing more to do than go back to his garage.
From eighteenth position on the grid, Di Giannantonio took a good start, aware of the challenge he had ahead of him. Fabio immediately started to recover positions until he reached the second group of riders fighting for the top 10. On lap thirteenth, when in p10, the feeling with the bike began to fail forcing Diggia to lose positions. The feeling with his Speed Up continued to worsen and less than seven laps from the end the number twenty-one was forced to retire.
After incidents like this, the saying goes that it’s best to get back on track as soon as possible and the calendar ensures that will happen, as next Sunday sees the third round of the 2020 Moto2 championship, the Gran Premio de Andalucía, take place at the circuit de Jerez-Ángel Nieto.
JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – DNF
“There isn’t much to say after today’s race. I had a problem at the start and I was unable to start the race well. Then at the first turn, a rider who was overcoming inside touched my front wheel and thus my crash. I was really sorry about how it went because we had worked well throughout the weekend and certainly this was not the final result we expected. In any case, we must remain positive and continue to give our best to reach our goal from tomorrow in view of the next race always here on the Jerez circuit”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21 – DNF
“Sorry for how the whole weekend went. Too bad, because I started the race very strong. I was there with the second group fighting for the Top10, which could have been a real goal for us today, but the feeling with the front worsened lap after lap until it became dangerous to turn and therefore at a certain point I had to stop. Now we have three more days to work better than we have done these days and try to get more prepared for next Sunday’s race”.
QUALIFYING: FIRST AND SIXTH ROW FOR JORGE AND DIGGIA IN THE GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA
Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio will start tomorrow respectively from the first and sixth rows of the starting grid of the Gran Premio de España.
The number 9 of the HDR Heidrun Speed Up team focused on the race pace during the last free practice session and with the seventh time of the combined ranking he gained direct access to Q2. Jorge started qualifying immediately with a good pace, improving lap by lap. 1’41.565 is the time of his best qualifying lap time took almost at the end of the session and it is with this chrono that he will the race in front row from second position.
The Spanish Saturday was instead more complicated for Di Giannantonio. In FP3 Fabio did not find the feeling of the past sessions and at the end of the practice he was out of the ranking of the 14 riders who went directly to the Q2. In Q1 he came back on and on track he showed that even with high temperatures he can handle the bike. He then took the first time of Q1 in 1’41.913 and got ready to return for qualifying2. Unfortunately, a crash on the first lap compromised Fabio’s qualifying, who will start tomorrow from the sixth row in eighteenth position.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 2nd in 1’41.458
“I am happy with today’s qualifying; it was not easy to start again after all these months. This morning we used the last practice session to test the race pace getting positive results. In qualifying we managed to find the fastest lap that bring us to start the race from the first row of the grid. We are all aware that it will be a tough race but we will do our best to win“.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 18th in 1’41.860
“Not a great day! We freaked out a bit this morning during FP3. However, we faced the Q1 with another spirit taking a different path and we managed to pass the session in first position with a great time. Then we started Q2 very excited, because we knew we could enter the Top10, but unfortunately at the beginning of the qualifying I entered a little faster, the bike front closed and I crashed down. Then when I got back on track, I no longer had the rear brake and I couldn’t push as before to make a better time. We are now forced to make a great comeback tomorrow”.
FREE PRACTICES: NAVARRO SECOND AND DIGGIA EIGHTH ON SPANISH FRIDAY
After the long absence, due to Covid19, the Moto2 was back on track today, kicking off the long-awaited Gran Prix de España, the second event of the 2020 Moto2 World Championship. Shortly before 11am Jorge and Diggia’s Speed Up bikes left the garage of the team HDR Heidrun Speed Up going wild on the track in the first free practice session on the Jerez-Àngel Nieto circuit.
On the first day the two riders focused on set up work. Jorge Navarro completed 30 laps in total and scored his best tempo on lap 14 of the first session in 1’41.458. The higher temperatures in the afternoon made it impossible for riders to lower their lap times and Jorge thus closed the first day with an excellent and promising second position with a gap that is nothing short of non-existent (+0.048). Good first also for Fabio Di Giannantonio who took eighth position at +0.450 from the first. 32 laps completed by Diggia on Spanish Friday and he also scored his best time in FP1 on lap 10 in 1’41.860.
Preparation for tomorrow qualifying and Sunday’s race resumes tomorrow morning with the third and last free practice session started at 10.55 CET.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 2nd in 1’41.458
“It was a positive day because our performance has improved since the morning session compared the day of testing. A little more kilometres with the bike and I already felt better. In the afternoon, however, we were unable to follow the work plan that we had developed due to an unexpected problem on track at mid-session which made us lose the chance to try what was planned. But in any case, tomorrow we will complete the work during the last free practice session in view of qualifying”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 8th in 1’41.860
“I am not so happy with today. We got off to a good start this morning, our choice was to play the best tyre straight away to make the time, aware that with the high afternoon temperatures it would have been more difficult. In FP2 we ran on the used tyres of the FP1, but in this heat we struggled much more than we expected. We have to work to understand what happened because we can do much more”.
Gran Premio de España – Ready to go!
About 4 months ago the Grand Prix of Qatar ended amid uncertainties and fears about what we would have to face in the following months. The ferocity of a global pandemic has forced the world to stop leaving many locked down at home. But finally here we are! The long wait is over: it’s time to lower the visor and give full gas! Tomorrow the Speed Up team will be back on track with its two standard bearers, Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio, eager to get back on their Speed Up bikes.
It will not be the normality of all time to accompany teams and riders in these first two races, but a new normality that includes social distance and the heavy absence of the public.
Diggia and Jorge, like the whole team, are ready to give their best on the Jerez-Ángel Nieto circuit starting tomorrow in the test day. Riders and technicians will be engaged in two sessions of 40 minutes each (11.40-12.20; 15.40-16.20) which will precede the normal race weekend time schedule (FRI: Fp1 10.55-11.35, Fp2 15.10-15.50; SAT: Fp3 10.55-11.35, Q1 15.10-15.25, Q2 15.35-15.50; SUN: Warm Up 8.50-9.10, Race 12.20).
JORGE NAVARRO # 9
“Today I am very happy! After a long time, I go back to live the paddock, my team and to touch my bike. I can’t wait to start again after these long months at home, holding back the desire to drive my Speed Up. I am ready to give my best, even if it will not be the same without the public to support us. It will also be particular to play two races in a row here in Jerez: this means that for the second race we will have much more data to rely on. Finally, here we are!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21
“We have arrived on track and everything is different, the paddock is empty and it seems to be in a day of testing, not in a race. It’s a particular situation, we can only stay in the garage but the good thing is that we start competing again. I am with the team, all are very excited and willing to start over. This motivates me even more, I can’t wait to get on track with my bike, finally the time has come, tomorrow we go!”
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- Length: 4542 mt.
- Width: 14 mt.
- Longest straight: 487 mt.
- Left corners: 6
- Right corners: 12
Assen is the only venue to have held a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since its creation in 1949. The circuit was purpose built for the Dutch TT in 1954, with previous events having been held on public roads. The track is narrow, with rapid changes in direction, and is fully surrounded by grass banks and grandstands, providing excellent viewing for the hundreds of thousands of fanatical spectators who are drawn to the most prestigious event in Dutch motorsport every year. A huge favourite with riders, Assen is well known for its festive and extravagant atmosphere.
In 1999 the circuit was modified with a new grandstand, control tower, press centre and renovated boxes. Modifications to the Assen circuit over the winter of 2005/6 saw the length of the championship’s longest serving track cut from over 6km down to 4.555km/2.83miles.
- Length: 3671 mt.
- Width: 10 mt.
- Longest straight: 700 mt.
- Left corners: 10
- Right corners: 3
Car and bike races have been held on closed public roads in the area around the town of Chemnitz, Germany since the 1920s and were still taking place until as recently as 1990. It was decided, however, that the five mile course through such a densely populated area was no longer suitable and a new circuit was built five miles west of Chemnitz in 1996. Although mainly used as a driver training centre and road transport safety station, Sachsenring first hosted MotoGP in 1998 and many improvements have taken place since then, including a drastic layout enhancement in 2001. Numerous tight corners make it one of the slower tracks on the calendar but there is never any shortage of close racing action.
- Length: 5245 mt.
- Width: 14 mt.
- Longest straight: 1141 mt.
- Left corners: 6
- Right corners: 9
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A blend of slow and fast turns with sweeping curves, long straights and off-camber corners make Mugello one of the most challenging circuits for the riders and engineers. Having hosted its first MotoGP event back in 1976 the venue became a permanent fixture in 1991 after extensive refurbishment. Set within a beautiful tree lined Tuscan valley, Mugello also offers ample viewing areas for a particularly boisterous and partisan Italian crowd.
- Lenght: 4.806 mt.
- Width: 16 mt.
- Straight: 1.076 mt.
- Left turns: 5
- Right turns: 9
Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo is a motorsport circuit located in Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina. The circuit was created in 2007 and underwent a complete overhaul and rebuild process in 2012, based on design by the Italian circuit designer Jarno Zaffelli. The circuit hosted the third round of the Argentine motorcycle Grand Prix in 2014 and 2015, bringing Grand Prix motorcycle racing back to Argentina after fifteen years. In 2013, the circuit also hosted Rounds 15 and 16 of the FIA WTCC Race of Argentina of the World Touring Car Championship, and the first MotoGP and Moto2 official tests.
- Length: 5.380 mt.
- Width: 12 mt.
- Straight: 1068 mt.
- Left turns: 6
- Right turns: 10
Losail International Circuit (also Lusail International Circuit) (حلبة لوسيل الدولية) is a motor racing circuit located just outside in the town of Lusail, north of Doha, Qatar.
Built in just under a year by 1,000 workers at the cost of $US 58 million, the track opened in 2004 to the inaugural Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar, won by Sete Gibernau. In addition the circuit hosted the 2006 Grand Prix Masters of Qatar won by Nigel Mansell.
The track is 5.380 km in length, with a main straight of just over a kilometre at 1,068 metres. It is surrounded by artificial grass to stop the sand encroaching on the track. It happens to be somewhat similar to the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.
In 2007, Losail added permanent outdoor lighting for night races. At the time, the lighting of the Losail Circuit by Musco Lighting was the largest permanent venue sports lighting project in the world, a distinction that now belongs to another Gulf motorsport venue, Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The first night race in MotoGP history was the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar in March 2008.
BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
NAVARRO SIXTH AND DI GIANNANTONIO THIRTEENTH IN THE GRAND PRIX OF QATAR
The Beta Tools Speed Up team riders finished the first and long-awaited appointment of the 2020 season of the Moto2 World Championship in the points.
Good start for Navarro from the fourth position of the grid, who is fifth at the end of the first lap. The Spaniard paid attention to the wear of the front tyre and decided not to push too much in the first laps thus losing some positions. After half race, Jorge began recovery by first overtaking Bezzecchi, then Vierge, Marini and thus reaching the leading group with a good pace, crossing the finish line in sixth position.
Complicated race for Fabio Di Giannantonio who, from the first lap, encountered feeling problems with the front tyre of his Speed Up. Fabio was able to managed the tyre well until the end of the twenty laps, taking thirteenth place.
JORGE NAVARRO #9: 6th
“Strange race. From the beginning I knew I had to keep the front tyre because the last laps would have been decisive and so I went cautious at the start of the race, but perhaps I waited too long because many riders overtook me and in recovering I realized that we are not yet at the level of the others when accelerating. Halfway through the race I had found the rhythm and managed to reach the leading group. I felt good and for a moment I thought I could fight for the victory, but once I reached the top I realized that they were going faster. I couldn’t take any further risks because the tyre was wearing out too much with more aggressive driving. However, I am satisfied with how we managed this first Grand Prix ending with important points. We look ahead, we have the potential to do well!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21: 13th
“First race went definitely not as we wanted. We had a problem with the front tyre which penalized my race. The front tyre was the most discussed topic of the weekend because it was not known if it would last until the end. After several sessions carried out during the tests and on the race weekend we had studied and tested a setup to get to the end of the race with a good rhythm and instead from the first lap in the race I never managed to make our times risking to crash to every turn. We finished the first race of the season taking thirteenth position, sorry for what happened but aware of the good work done in these days”.
SECOND AND FOURTH ROW FOR BETA TOOLS SPEED UP IN QATAR GP QUALIFYING
Jorge passed Q1 and closed fourth, Diggia eleventh.
Beta Tools Speed Up team riders will start respectively from the second and fourth row of the starting grid of the Grand Prix of Qatar scheduled for tomorrow at 18.00, local time.
Di Giannantonio scored an excellent sixth fastest time (1’59.052) during the last free practice session thus obtaining direct access to Q2. Practice sessions more complicated instead for Navarro who struggled more than expected on track and at the end of the session with the fifteenth time the direct passage to Q2 is blurred.
The Spaniard took advantage of the fifteen minutes of the first qualifying session very well and with the time of 1’58.798 he could still fight for the first positions. Beta Tools Speed Up team riders went back on track for the second qualifying, both with soft tyres, ready to give their best. 1’58.316 is the best time of the day for Navarro who took fourth place on the grid, while Fabio stopped the chronometers a few thousandths later at 1’58.640 closing in eleventh position.
JORGE NAVARRO #9: 4th in 1’58.316
“After three complicated free practices in which I never managed to find the positive feelings I had during the test, today we are finally back on the right way. We did a good job, strategically I thought it was a mistake to face Q1, but in the end it was the right choice to get more prepared for Q2 and I thank my team for this! And nothing, we worked well, the sensations have improved and now only a few small details are missing and then we will be ready for the first race!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21: 11th in 1’58.640
“I’m happy with how this first qualifying of the season went. Last year we managed to do an excellent race starting much further back and considering that this year we are doing much better as preparation for the race, I feel confident for tomorrow. Today’s potential was this, we gave our best. For tomorrow morning we have a small change in store that could give us that extra tenth that is needed above all towards the end of the race. It will be important to start well and better manage the front tyre which seems to be the most critical thing here”.
NAVARRO AND DI GIANNANTONIO AT WORK ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE GRAND PRIX OF QATAR
The free practice sessions of the Qatar Grand Prix held today at the Losail International Circuit kicked off the Moto2 class World Championship.
As the premier class won’t start the championship on this weekend, the schedule times have all been postponed: Moto2 has in fact played FP1 in the early afternoon while the second session started at 18.00, local time, under the lights of the Qatar circuit, the same one in which it will be played the race.
Navarro started the day with ninth place in the first session at +0.213 from the first. A crash made him lose part of the session and on getting back on track he did not want to risk, aiming to give his best in the second session. Di Giannantonio closed FP1 with the twelfth fastest time at +0.482. Not the start he hoped for, given the results achieved in the previous test, but the feeling with the bike was good.
In FP2 conditions have changed: the outside temperature was six degrees lower and the asphalt drops to twenty-five unlike the forty-one of the first session. Both teams worked on the setup using soft front and rear tyres. Navarro improved his lap time but he struggled to find the feeling with which he had excelled in the test last week, closing the first twelfth day. Di Giannantonio also lowered his time but due to the traffic on track during his best laps he wasn’t able to go beyond seventeenth position.
JORGE NAVARRO #9: 12th in 1’59.189
“Let’s say it was a strange day because I didn’t understand the situation very well. In FP1 I knew that we would suffer a little more because we went out with the front tyre that I liked least to safeguard the others for the other sessions of the weekend. It wasn’t so bad but after a little crash I didn’t want to risk it and I waited for the FP2 which I knew would be the same conditions as the race. We went out with new tyres; the plan was to go out on the attack but I didn’t find the right feeling. I could not enter the turn as I wanted and I felt the rear push. It was like riding a motorcycle that was not the same as the one ridden in the tests. We have to understand what happened with the tyres and how my technician says: “Tomorrow will be another day!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21: 17th in 1’59.284
“First day in Qatar so and so because after the test I expected to start with another rhythm, but in terms of setup and speed on track I feel very good! What was missing today was the fastest lap, in the four fastest laps I found traffic, too bad. Tomorrow we have another chance to enter Q2, obviously it is not our goal to stay at the limit of Q2 but to stay there permanently. Let’s see, for now I am confident “.
DOHA, QATAR: BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM WRAP UP THE LAST PRE-SEASON TEST IN FIRST AND FOURTH PLACE
At the Losail International Circuit, Qatar, the Beta Tools Speed Up team successfully concluded the latest pre-season test. A few days before the start of the Moto2 World Championship, Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio demonstrated competitiveness and progress in the nine sessions held. Three intense days in which the two teams continued the work started in previous pre-season tests by measuring the potential of the SF20T SpeedUp bikes on the Losail circuit.Navarro at the top with an excellent time (1’58.520) signed right in the last session of the test. 173 total laps made by the number nine of the team who at the end of the test proved to be in excellent shape for the start of the championship.Di Giannantonio ended with the fourth best time that he too marked during the last session of the third day as his teammate. 1’58.831 is his chrono at +0.311 from Jorge, first in the standings, and 176 laps in these three days of hard work.A rather positive result for the Beta Tools Speed Up team at the end of the winter tests which is preparing to face the first race of the Moto2 World Championship to be held next week at the Losail International Circuit.
JORGE NAVARRO #9: “Super happy with how the test went. We worked well and fast from day one. Yesterday we did not manage to improve our lap but we used the three sessions to understand which way to go by managing to take that step forward that we needed. During today’s day we focused on the set-up and in the last session, with the same race conditions, I found an excellent feeling. We started the session by trying to make a simulation of the second part of the race with the used tyres, then I went back to the garage to put the new ones and petrol simulating the first part of the race instead. The results were really positive, incredible feeling and good rhythm. We finished these pre-season tests with many data collected, a good taste in the mouth and a great desire to start the championship!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21: “Super satisfied with the work done in these three days because we have always been growing. Glad, we worked well and concentrated on the race. The bike improved a little in all aspects and in the end a great time came without looking for it. All positive, I feel really ready for the Grand Prix of Qatar, let’s go! “