BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
RACE: TOUGH PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX FOR DIGGIA AND NAVARRO
The last Portuguese event has just ended, marking the end of another incredible Moto2 World Championship despite the difficult challenges and the numerous sacrifices faced in this season. Beta Tools Speed Up leaves the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve empty-handed with the crash of Fabio Di Giannantonio at the start of the race and that of Jorge Navarro on the sixth lap.
A very positive start to the weekend for Fabio who demonstrated from the first laps of the FP1 and on the first row in qualifying to be among the strongest. Finally, he could have ended with an exciting fight for the podium, but the bad crash immediately after the start ended Fabio’s last race with the Beta Tools Speed Up team early.
Team-mate Navarro also wanted more from Portimão, but while trying to catch up with the front group he made contact with another rider and crashed at turn 5 on lap six.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – DNF
“What can I say, a great disappointment because I wanted to finish the season and leave this team a great result today. I am no happy at all because our goal today was definitely to fight for the podium. I would like to thank Luca for giving me the opportunity to make my debut and reach the first goals in Moto2 and the whole team who, especially this year, did a great job to recover after a difficult start to the season. I would like to thank everyone a little in general, I was really good, the sponsors all because without them nothing is possible. Thanks a lot, to everyone!”.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – DNF
“The most difficult season of my career. Today I crashed while I was fighting with another rider to reach the front group although I had a good feeling with the bike. I don’t have much to say, except that this winter I will work hard with my team analyzing the points to improve. I want to thank all the guys for their hard work because it was hard for me but also for them. We will come back stronger next year”.
QUALIFYING: FIRST AND FIFTH ROW FOR BETA TOOLS SPEED UP AT THE PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX
Fantastic front row of Fabio Di Giannantonio who closed the qualifying of the Portuguese Grand Prix in third position. Jorge Navarro fourteenth, will start from the fifth row of the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve starting grid.
The day on track started with positive indications that saw Diggia and Jorge taking advantage of the FP3 making changes to the setup and long runs in preparation for the race. The two teams closed the three free practice sessions with the eleventh (Diggia 1’43.356) and the twelfth time (Jorge 1’43.358), both gaining direct access to Q2.
Fabio, thanks to an excellent feeling with his Speed Up bike, in qualifying constantly proved to be fast and competitive until the last lap where he set the third time lap of the day in 1’42.721 just +0.129 from the first.
Navarro’s day was more complicated as he did not find the same feeling as yesterday during the third practice session in the morning. A few small changes before qualifying allow Jorge to be more incisive in the first part of the session where he took the lap time of 1’43.036, which earned him the fourteenth spot on the Portuguese grid.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 2nd in 1’42.721
“We are back in the front row! Fantastic! Today in qualifying I was really strong. We made a small change compared to this morning which helped me a lot because the feeling in qualifying was incredible, I felt really good. I was very fast, it’s a pity that on my best lap, three tenths from the pole, I pushed a bit much and my steering closed, otherwise the result would certainly have been another. However with that lap I improved my time, so I’m happy because I’m still up front and we’ll try again tomorrow”.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 14th in 1’43.036
“Quite complicated qualifying. Today was more difficult than usual on track, I didn’t have the same feelings as yesterday. We didn’t find the fastest lap we expected to do, and even though I almost did my ideal lap, it didn’t help me to do better than the fourteenth time. We must therefore analyse well and take a step tomorrow to have a good race”.
GOOD START TO FINAL ROUND OF 2020 MOTO2 SEASON FOR BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
The last round of the Moto2 World Championship got underway today at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimão.
First positive day for Beta Tools Speed Up which closed on Portuguese Friday with seventh time of Jorge Navarro and eighth of Fabio Di Giannantonio at +0.417 and +0.440 from the first of the ranking.
Jorge and Diggia faced the spectacular Algarve track for the first time with its bumps, ups and downs and long turns, both proving to be competitive from day one.
Di Giannantonio in fact closed FP1 with the second time in 1’43.750 just +0.010 from the top of the standings. In the second session, team 21 preferred to operate in race configuration and found a very good pace; p8 for Diggia at the end of the day.
The JN9 team closed the early morning practice in twenty-third position. The progress comes in the afternoon when Jorge and the technicians, working on the driving and setup of the bike, improved the time lap by lap reaching the seventh position with the last run in 1’43.358.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 7th in 1’43.358
“This track is incredible! Today we worked with a smile on our face because it is really fun to ride here for the different ups and downs it presents. We improved little by little, both the feeling and the driving, and in the end we ended the first day with good sensations. We will now analyse the data to understand the next steps to take”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 8th in 1’43.381“What a track! Lost in love with this track! I think it is by far the most beautiful in the world. We were strong in both sessions today. In the afternoon we worked on the race pace and I’m happy because we are fast. I can’t wait to get back on track tomorrow; I want to use every possible second to enjoy it because it is truly spectacular!”.
MB CONVEYORS SPEED UP
RACE: DIGGIA CRASHES ONE STEP AWAY FROM WINNING THE VALENCIA GRAND PRIX
Bitter Sunday for the MB Conveyors Speed Up team that leaves Valencia with the double crash of its riders Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Navarro.
Superb race for Fabio, managed well, very well, up to the damned turn nine of the last lap where he crashed one step away from victory. Excellent start, from p4 to p3, and after a few laps Fabio was second behind Bezzecchi. The number 21 maintained his position until the penultimate lap, then took the lead and just when the ending seems written, he crashed to the ground a few turns from the finish.
From fifteenth position on the grid Jorge Navarro got off to a good start, recovering positions from the first lap. Despite the ups and downs of the weekend, Jorge seemed to have found the feeling with his Speed Up. After some overtaking, he reached p7 and prepared to move forward. Unfortunately, he lost control of the bike and crashed at turn 1 of lap eighteenth.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – DNF
“A superb performance up to 2 km from the end. I got a good start, I immediately tried to stay close to Bezzecchi until a few laps from the end when I decided to attack, I felt I was going faster. I passed it on the penultimate lap and was hoping to create a small gap so as to confirm myself to the finish, but at turn 6 the bike closed in front of me. We looked at the data and it is strange to us that we crashed because the maneuver was the same as in the previous lap. A shame because we were so close to victory. It’s part of the learning and growing process, so that’s okay. Head up always, we try again in Portimão!”.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – DNF
“I’m very sorry, we were having a great comeback race. I saw the leading group getting closer to me and I didn’t want to waste too much time behind Marini because I had already been behind him for two laps. When I got to turn 1, his early braking took me by surprise and trying to avoid it I changed lines and when the rear grip returned I crashed. A pity, but at least we are back to having a good pace and being strong. We are going to Portugal determined to end this season in the best possible way!”.
QUALIFYING: SECOND AND FIFTH ROW FOR DIGGIA AND NAVARRO IN THE GRAND PRIX OF VALENCIA
At the Ricardo Tormo circuit, the MB Conveyors Speed Up team concluded the Valencia Grand prix qualifying with the fourth position of Fabio Di Giannantonio and the fifteenth place of Jorge Navarro.
Fabio confirmed his speed and competitiveness also on the second day of the second to last racing weekend. At the end of the third free practice session, team 21 got direct access to Q2 with the fourth time of the combined in 1’34.788. Diggia started qualifying on the right foot, lowering the times at each lap until the end of the session when with the last lap he marked his best of the day: 1’34.524 just +0.106 from the first.
Second more complicated day for the JN9 team which wasn’t able to improve the feeling of its Speed Up bike during the two sessions. Jorge managed to enter Q2 thanks to the excellent time obtained in FP1, the sixth in the combined standings and with the fifteenth place he finished qualifying by taking the fifth row of tomorrow’s starting grid.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 4th in 1’34.524
“I am quite happy with today’s qualifying. I am actually a little bit upset because I wanted to take the pole. We tried to the end, we almost did it. I’m happy anyway because we are going very fast and despite the track conditions not being at the top we were fast. I have a great pace; I always rode alone so far and I feel good. Tomorrow we start there in front, we can have a pretty good race!”.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 15th in 1’34.949
“Complicated day. In Fp3 we continued yesterday’s work trying various changes, but which we did not take into consideration for qualifying, returning instead to yesterday morning base. To be honest, I don’t know if it was the best choice because in qualifying the feeling was not the same, perhaps we suffered more due to the change in track conditions. With the data collected we must try to understand how to improve in order to face tomorrow’s race as competitive as possible”.
FREE PRACTICE: MB CONVEYORS SPEED UP SHINES IN FREE PRACTICE IN VALENCIA
For the second weekend running, the MB Converyors Speed Up riders took to the track at the Ricardo Tormo circuit kicking off the Grand Prix de la Comunitat Valenciana.
A strong day for Jorge and Diggia who closed the Valencian Friday in first and third place.
Navarro finished the morning FP1 at the top with a 1’34.855 lap, which he scored after only eight laps on track. Consistently strong during FP2, Jorge finished the session in seventh place after trying some changes to his set up, but with the morning excellent lap the Spaniard keeps the lead of the combined standings.
Team-mate Di Giannantonio also had a very god opening day of the Valencia GP, finishing in third place just +0.038 shy of Jorge with a 1’34.893 lap scored in the afternoon FP2. Also for Fabio two top sessions in which he took fast laps and good pace.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 1st in 1’34.855
“A positive day, satisfied with this first place in the Friday combined sessions. We worked well, and compared to last weekend we started with a bike that suits my needs much more. During the two sessions we made small changes to improve our base and so we understood in which direction we must continue to work to be prepared for the race”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 3rd in 1’34.893
“Nice first day here in Valencia! We had a strong start this morning and then in the afternoon it was a bit strange because there was less grip and we weren’t able to lower the times. Although the p1 in the afternoon we finished the first day in p3. I’m happy because I feel good, strong, the bike works well and so I’m ready for tomorrow. We can certainly do well; the goal is to be in the first two rows and why not in the first!”.
HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP
RACE: NAVARRO CLOSES THE GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE IN TENTH PLACE. DIGGIA CRASHES ON LAP 3
Jorge Navarro ended the European Grand Prix in tenth position at the Ricardo Tormo circuit. Fabio Di Giannantonio crashed on the third lap.
After two days of difficult track conditions, the track was completely dry in the warm up and the race took place on a dry track with average temperatures around twenty degrees.
A tough race for Jorge Navarro who started from nineteenth position on the grid. The Spaniard did not let himself be intimidated by the grid position managing very well the race with a great comeback crossing the finish line in p10.
Fabio’s race ended on lap three with a crash that closed in the worst possible way a weekend in which the rider proved to be fast and to have an excellent feeling with the Speed Up bike regardless of the track conditions.
Moto2 does not stop and returns next weekend again to the Ricardo Tormo circuit for the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 10th
“After two days in the wet this morning we rode on a dry track for the first time. In the warm up I didn’t have a great feeling with the bike, but being the only twenty minutes on a dry track before the race I tried to push to understand how far I could go. Unfortunately, towards the end of the session I fell with minor damage to the elbow and right knee, but nothing serious. We tried to manage the situation in the best possible way by making changes to the bike. In the race I gave my best recovering positions with a pace that was equal to that of the leaders. In any case, I consider today’s result positive, ready to fix the mistakes made in order to be better prepared next weekend”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – DNF“In this morning’s warm up everything was perfect and I felt great with the bike! We started the race after making a small change, confident that we could have a good race and fight for the podium! On the other hand, from the first lap of the race I had problems with the rear, risking crashing several times. On the third lap, unfortunately, I could not avoid the crash. Really a pity! We checked the data and it seems it was neither my mistake nor the team’s, but that’s how it went! A wasted opportunity, but we don’t give up because next week we are always here and we know we are fast and strong. We’ll get our own back!”.
QUALIFYING: FOURTH AND SEVENTH ROW FOR HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP TEAM
HDR Heidrun Speed Up riders Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Navarro finished qualifying for the European Grand Prix finishing respectively in eleventh and nineteenth position.
Even on the second day, the rain complicated the track conditions, hampering the last free practice session and qualifying for Moto2.
Team 21 decided not to run in the wet, having secured direct access to Q2 with the fifth fastest time on Friday. He therefore remained in the garage for almost the entire round of the Fp3 Di Giannantonio, who went back on track only in the final minutes to test the starts. In the meantime, the rain subsided, but the track conditions worsen, becoming dry in some parts and wet in others. Fabio started qualifying with the rain with which he immediately showed a good pace. Halfway through the quali Diggia returned to the garage to replace the rains with slicks because the track was drying and in just two final laps, he managed to set the eleventh time in 1’42.586.
More complicated day for Jorge, bluffed by the rain. With the seventeenth time of the combined free practices, Navarro faced the Q1 on a partly dry track. Unfortunately, for a few thousandths, he almost reached access to Q2, finishing qualifying in p19.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 11th in 1’42.586
“I’m not too happy with how qualifying went. The track conditions today have always been uncertain; in qualifying it was a bit like betting on red or black. We entered with the rain, but we lost time because the track was drying. We then went back to put on the slicks and in the only two laps I had in the dry I was unable to get a great pace. We have limited the damage, we start in the fourth row and nothing, tomorrow when we lower the visor we will give 100% to try to recover. The goal is the podium! “.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 17th in 1’46.609
“Another day with complicated conditions; track half dry and half wet both in Fp3 and in qualifying. Too bad because in qualifying the sensations with the rear were not at all good enough to think that something was wrong with the tire or the bike. In the end, the problem was the wet tires on an almost dry track. I’m sorry because we didn’t go to Q2 for a few thousandths. In any case, we just have to look ahead and better prepare for tomorrow’s race”.
DIGGIA FIFTH AND NAVARRO SEVENTEENTH ON EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX FRIDAY PRACTICES
The European Grand Prix kicks off today on the Ricardo Tormo de la Comunitat Valenciana circuit with the return of the red HDR Heidrun livery.
As expected, the first free practice session took place on a wet track and both HDR Heidrun Speed Up riders rode cautiously without taking unnecessary risks. Fourteenth time for Di Giannantonio at the end of Fp1, p17 for Navarro.
In the afternoon the track was partly dry and both Speed Up bikes faced the Fp2 with slicks. Di Giannantonio proved to have a good feeling despite the difficult track conditions and set the fifth time on Friday in 1’37.066, just +0.262 from the first.
A little bit more complicated for Jorge this first day on his home circuit due to the track conditions. However, towards the end of the session the Spaniard improved his feeling by decreasing the gap from the leaders with a time of 1’37.559 (+0.755) which placed him in seventeenth place on day1.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 5th in 1’37.066
“Today was an odd day due to the weather conditions. I decided not to overdo it in the first session, ending a good session, but nothing exceptional. In the afternoon with a dry track we pushed harder, especially to secure a place in Q2 as the forecast for tomorrow morning is uncertain. In my opinion we did a good session, I feel very good with the bike, we went strong. We are fifth a few tenths from the first and so I am happy. Let’s try to work well tomorrow and let’s hope in a good weather!”.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 17 th in 1’37.559
“An unusual day for the conditions. In Fp1 the track was wet, while in the afternoon we went out with slick tires but the track was patchy. The truth is that I struggled a bit to find the rhythm and feeling even though I didn’t want to take too many risks, no more than necessary. Too bad we almost returned to the top 14 to go directly to Q2, but I’m not so worried because we have to keep working to improve the feeling and I hope that tomorrow there will be the conditions to do so”.
LIGHTECH SPEED UP
RACE: STUNNING SECOND PLACE IN SECOND ARAGÓN RACE FOR DIGGIA. P5 FOR NAVARRO
The second race, in a double-header at Motorland Aragón, Alcañiz, provided emotions, breathlessness and triumphs. The LighTech Speed Up Team closed the twelfth round of the 2020 world championship with another podium for Fabio Di Giannantonio, second at the finish line and the fifth place for Jorge Navarro.
The Race: Fabio made a good start, moving from p4 to p2 behind Lowes after a few turns. From there, with a fast and stable pace and with a lot of tenacity Diggia ended the 21 laps of the race with a well-deserved second place on the podium of the Gran Premio de Teruel.
The start played a bad joke on Navarro who from second position found himself in tenth place. On lap 2 Jorge ended up in the last place of the group he was in until he managed to find stability and thus began his comeback. From p15 he recovered ten positions crossing the finish line in fifth place.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 2nd
“I would say we got back last Sunday! We had a great weekend where we actually struggled a bit with the arrival of the softer tire in the back, but in the end we always improved and were always fast. In the race, I made only a small mistake at the beginning but that didn’t affect anything. Sam certainly had something more today, but my pace was also very good until the end of the race. So well, very happy and happy also with the guys who are working very well. And now eyes on Valencia, looking for the win!”.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 5th
“The truth is that I am very sorry not to have fought for the podium because I felt fast and strong all weekend, but at the start and then on the second lap I lost all possibilities. When I managed to find my race pace, I started to recover positions up to p5. Definitely a bitter sweet Sunday because we worked well, the sensations were good but the result was not what we expected. We will continue to work in this way, there are still three races left in which we can do well!”.
QUALIFYING: FIRST AND SECOND ROW FOR THE LIGHTECH SPEED UP TEAM
LighTech Speed Up riders Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio closed qualifying at Motorland Aragón with second and fourth place respectively.
Both teams decided to take advantage of the third free practice session to test the race pace with used tires and both got direct access to Q2 thanks to the good lap times obtained in the second practice on Friday.
First row then for Navarro, the third of the season for the Valencian who, despite the crash on the last lap, completed an excellent qualifying.
For only 0.009 thousandths Diggia missed the first row, taking the first slot of the second row of the starting grid with a time of 1’51.720.
The Moto2 race will be live exceptionally tomorrow at 2.30pm CET.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 2nd in 1’51.512
“A very positive day. In this morning’s session we lapped with the used tire, working towards the race with a very good pace. In qualifying I felt good, I thought I could fight for pole, but I crashed while looking for my fastest lap. No regrets, I’m happy with the feeling and the front row. We are ready for the race!”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 4th in 1’51.720
“Happy with today’s result, a little less than how we faced FP3 and qualifying because I think we should have put on the soft tire this morning, in hindsight. And in qualifying I never did a perfect lap, so I’m half happy because we’re close to the leaders, but we could have done more. Tomorrow we certainly have room to improve, it will be important to start well and stay with the leading group!”.
FREE PRACTICES: SECOND AND FOURTH PLACE FOR NAVARRO AND DIGGIA IN THE FIRST DAY OF THE GRAN PREMIO DE TERUEL
The twelfth round of the 2020 Moto2 World Championship has begun today at Motorland Aragón.
Another change of livery for the Speed Up bikes that in the Gran Premio de Teruel take to the track with the sparkling yellow color representing LighTech, Speed Up sponsor and partner company for years.
A day of hard work for both Lightech Speed Up teams, looking for redemption this weekend in Spain.
With the second best Friday time, Jorge Navarro demonstrated speed and good pace on track. A small crash in FP1 slightly slowed the number nine who ended the first session in eighth position in 1’53.300, +0.677 tenths from the first. After a few small changes to the setting, Navarro greatly improved his lap time in the afternoon session by lowering the time to 1’51.978, to just +0.058, ending a very positive day.
In fourth place in the combined ranking of the practice sessions is Diggia with the time 1’52.209, +0.289 from the first. Good day for the number twenty-one of the team who reconfirmed the excellent feeling of last weekend at Motorland Aragón.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 2nd in 1’51.978
“I’m very happy with today, I think it was a super positive day despite this morning’s crash. I went out on the track perhaps with too much desire and I made a mistake, but in any case, we were able to complete the work we had planned. We took a step forward with the development of the bike, my feeling improved in Fp2 and therefore nothing, happy and excited to continue working”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 4th in 1’52.209
“We started well with the good base we worked on last week and were quick right away this morning. In the afternoon we put on the soft but I was unable to use it because I was coming from the hard and used tire and so I took a few laps to adapt. But we were fast, we improved again with about ten laps on the tires and therefore positive. We need to work a little to improve the grip, but I’d say we’re there!”
MB CONVEYORS SPEED UP
RACE: TOUGH SUNDAY FOR THE MB CONVEYORS SPEED UP TEAM AT THE GRAN PREMIO DE ARAGÓN
Not a positive day for the MB Conveyors Speed Up team which must accept a bitter conclusion to what could and should have been a redemption Sunday for Jorge Navarro after the crash on French soil and confirmation of an excellent weekend for Fabio Di Giannantonio.
A good start and a superlative first part of the race for Diggia until turn number two on lap 11 when he crashed down from p1, closing in advance what could have been his first Moto2 victory.
Also for Jorge the race ended earlier, just a few meters after the start when he crashed to the ground after making contact with another rider. Fortunately, both MB Conveyors Speed Up riders came out unscathed from their crashes.
The next race is already upon us. The twelfth round of the 2020 Moto2 World Championship is scheduled for next weekend once again at Motorland Aragón.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – DNF
“Everything was perfect, the strategy was to go up front and impose my pace because in the first two sectors I was definitely going faster and I wanted to make a difference there. Too bad I made the mistake, I went wide and the bike closed in front of the 2nd wasted such an opportunity, I’m so sorry but I tried. A little bitter taste in the mouth but head held high because we are there, and we are fast and we have another race here at Motorland to prove it! “.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – DNF
“I’m not sure what to say, the truth is that today I felt ready to do a good race. In the warm up we had the confirmation that today we could fight for the podium, but the hope went out at the first corner when I came into contact with a rider who had gone wide and then getting back on the line, he touched my front wheel and so I crashed. I feel lucky because today it could have ended very badly and I thank God I’m fine. Other riders managed to dodge me and so in the end I am happy to be well. Back in the pits, the mechanics repaired the bike and I went back to the track for another 17 laps to understand our level and, without risking too much, my race pace was that of the leaders. This certainly makes me angry but at the same time it gives me the right energy for the next race, always here at Motorland!”.
QUALIFYING: FIRST AND SECOND ROW FOR MB CONVEYORS SPEED UP TEAM
A superb qualifying session at the Motorland de Aragón led both MB Conveyors Speed Up team riders to secure the first and second rows of the starting grid for the Gran Premio de Aragón.
Diggia took first place in the free practice combined standings, setting the best time towards the end of FP3 in 1’52.171. Fabio showed not only a good speed but also good pace and on his return to the track for qualifying he hit the target. With the time 1’51,870, team 21 took third position on tomorrow’s grid.
Positive day also for Jorge Navarro who finished the free practices with the sixth place in 1’52.751 with a gap of +0.580 from his teammate. He then got direct access to Q2 in which he was able to grab the second row with qualifying sixth time of 1’52.167.
New schedule for tomorrow’s Moto2 race, live at 13:20 CET.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 3rd in 1’51.870
“The front row was definitely our goal. My goal to be honest was to take pole, we tried but it wasn’t possible, the others had something more. However, I am happy to start from the front row. We have to try to take another step especially in managing the rear tire and then in my opinion we are there, tomorrow we can fight to win!”.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 6th in 1’52.167
“Today was a positive day. The changes we made to the setup during FP3 allowed us to improve our fastest lap. We then continued to work on the small details before qualifying and nothing, finally sixth. The pace and the sensations are good for a good race!”.
FREE PRACTICE: DIGGIA TOPS GRAN PREMIO DE ARAGÓN FREE PRACTICES, NAVARRO ELEVENTH
Friday’s Gran Premio de Aragón takes on the MB Conveyors Speed Up team’s colours.
Fabio Di Giannantonio left his mark taking the best free practice time of 1’52.748 during the second session. Navarro also did well, taking eleventh time in day1.An excellent feeling from the first laps on track for Fabio despite the difficult conditions caused by the wind and low temperatures. Diggia closed FP1 in third position in 1’53.449 with an almost irrelevant gap from the first, +0.058. During the afternoon session, after a tire change and a small change to the setting, Fabio considerably lowered the morning time and after a series of fast laps he set the best time of the day.
Positive Friday also for Jorge Navarro who closed the first session with the fifth time in 1’53.734, +0.343 from the first. The number 9 and his team then dedicated the second session to the setup, finishing the session with eleventh in 1’53.344.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 1st in 1’52.748
“Today went well, we have been fast from the first session. Then in the afternoon when we put on the new tires we improved even more by closing the first day with the best time. We started off with an excellent base from the last few races and this certainly helped me improve my driving by managing to refine small details. I’m happy, we hope to continue like this tomorrow”.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 11th in 1’53.344
“First day in Aragón conditioned by the wind, even if in the end we rode fast. We made some changes to the bike between the two sessions to get as much data as possible in order to understand in which direction to move tomorrow to improve the feeling and gain positions. Positive and with the desire to get back on track”.
TERMOZETA SPEED UP
RACE: DIGGIA SEVENTH IN THE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE. NAVARRO CRASHES DOWN AT LAP 19
The Termozeta Speed Up team leaves France and the Bugatti circuit of Le Mans with a seventh place for Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Navarro’s crash just a few laps from the end of the French Grand Prix race.
The rain affected the French Sunday. Arrived on the grid after the sighting lap, the Termozeta Speed Up riders decided to change the rain tires with the slicks more suitable for the mixed conditions of the track at that time.
To say the least, Fabio’s race is remarkable closing a complicated weekend in the best possible way, which began with the bad crash in FP1 in which he suffered a sprained left ankle. From eleventh position on the grid, Fabio started well, recovering two positions immediately. On lap eight, Fabio reached p7 which he held tightly to the finish with determination.
Not an easy day for Jorge Navarro, forced to complete 2 long laps in the race due to a crash with a yellow flag reported yesterday during qualifying. From p18 Jorge made a good start but after having made the two long laps in the first laps he found himself fighting among the last positions. He was able to recover up to p19 but with less than seven laps to go he crashed down without serious consequences.
Moto2 does not stop and flies to Spain for the Aragón Grand Prix 16/17/18 October.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21 – 7th
“I’m very happy with today’s race because after the crash on Friday, after missing the whole FP2 round and after being late in setting up, we were still fast even if I wasn’t 100% physically. A strange race for the mixed conditions of the track. At first I believed it, I thought I could stay there but I raced with the wet set-up and I couldn’t push harder. I’m happy for another positive weekend. Let’s go to Aragon, excited, aiming for the podium!”.
JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – DNF
“The truth is that today has not been our day since the race started with the uncertainty that it would rain or that the track would not dry. I had to do the two long laps and there the track was much wetter and so I lost a lot more time than I should have lost. Anyway, I didn’t feel very comfortable with the bike in these conditions. I tried to see it as a test, because I knew it would be difficult to score points. I gave it my all, but on turn 3 on lap 19 I lost the front and fell to the ground. I’m so sorry, I’m really disappointed. We will analyze the data well to understand how to solve our problems from the next GP”.
QUALIFYING: FOURTH AND SIXTH ROW FOR THE TERMOZETA SPEED UP TEAM
Termozeta Speed Up team riders returned to action at the Bugatti circuit in Le Mans to determine their position on tomorrow’s starting grid.
Good performance by Fabio Di Giannantonio, eleventh on the grid although the physical conditions are not at 100% after yesterday’s bad crash during FP1. Eighteenth position for Navarro who finished his qualifying early due to a crash at mid-session.
Dry track, clear ski and low temperatures characterized the second day of the French Grand Prix.
Diggia finished FP3 in p25 and prepared to face the first qualifying with the aim of finishing in the top four in order to access the final QP. Although the few laps done in the free practices, Fabio passed the Q1 with the fourth fastest time and on his return to the track for Q2 he marked his best lap of the weekend in 1’36.879, closing his qualifying in p11.
With the sixth time of the combined rankings at only +0.480 from the first Navarro went directly to Q2. Unfortunately, his qualifying ended early with the crash on lap four without having the time to get back on track. Tomorrow he will start in the sixth row from eighteenth position.
The Grand Prix de France Moto2 race will be broadcast tomorrow exceptionally at 2.30pm CET.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21 – 11th in 1’36.879
“As the weekend started, I am very happy with today’s qualifying. Yesterday I crashed after just 10 laps on track and so this morning we started from scratch; we practically started the weekend today. In FP3 we were quite far away, but “luckily” we made Q1 using those 15 minutes to fix the Speed Up bike setup. In the end we are in the fourth row, close to the leaders and in my opinion also with a good pace. We hope to hold out until the end of the race without experiencing too much pain in the left ankle. Confident and happy for tomorrow, we can have a good race”.
JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – 18th in 1’37.556
“I am really sorry for today’s crash during qualifying because we could have done well. In the third session of this morning we found a good feeling and we were confident for today’s qualifying. For tomorrow we must try to recover as many positions as possible at the start and find a good race pace”.
FREE PRACTICE: NAVARRO SIXTH AT THE END OF THE DAY. BAD CRASH FOR DIGGIA IN FP1
The French Grand Prix has started today at the legendary Bugatti circuit in Le Mans with the new livery change for the Speed Up team that wears the Termozeta colors over the French weekend.
The first free practice session ended in the worst possible way for Fabio Di Giannantonio who was thrown violently to the ground from a highside on the last corner of the eleventh lap. No serious consequences for Diggia after thorough checks at the circuit medical center and at the Le Mans hospital. Team 21 then preferred to stay in the garage during the second round to avoid taking further risks after the bad crash.
Positive day instead for Jorge Navarro who closed in sixth position on French Friday. The weather complicated the two free practice sessions, putting a strain on the riders who had to tackle a wet and slippery track in the morning and partly dry in the afternoon. After the pit stop for some changes to the set-up in mid-FP2, the Spaniard returned to the track improving his time at each lap, ending the session with the chrono 1’38.221, +0.508.
JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – 6th in 1’38.221
“An unstable day, this morning a wet track which in the afternoon partly dried out and therefore we faced the sessions paying particular attention, without risking too much. We did a good job in both track conditions, especially in Fp2. With the changes made in the middle of the session we have improved the driving a lot and for tomorrow we already know which way to go. We hope that the weather conditions are good to continue with the work and nothing, happy and positive for this start”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21 – DNC
“The day ended so soon! Too bad, because in the first session we were improving lap by lap up to the highside at the last corner which made us finish the session early. I hit my ankle hard, which is why we preferred to stay in the garage for the second round and rest for tomorrow”.
HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP
RACE: STUNNING THIRD PLACE FOR DIGGIA. NAVARRO FOURTH AT CATALAN GP FINISH LINE
Fabio Di Giannantonio brought his Speed Up SFT20 to the third step of the podium of the Gran Premi de Catalunya after 22 laps of pure emotion together with the incredible fourth place of Jorge Navarro. The Race. From fourth position Fabio started very well, taking him immediately after the start to second place behind Marini. On lap eight he was joined by Lowes. The number 21 maintained pace and position until the finish line, making it his well-deserved third step of the podium. Jorge Navarro’s race was also excellent, returning to the top 5 after a long time. The Spaniard fought until the end with Roberts for the fourth place, getting the better of him, satisfied and aware of having given his all.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21 – 2nd
“I’m very happy! We made a terrific podium and I really enjoyed it. At the beginning I was there in front with Luca, it’s a pity that Sam made me lose my rhythm a bit at the start of the race but I’m happy! We did a great job this weekend, we’re coming back slowly and nothing, I’m so happy for me and for the team, gives us morale. Let’s go to Le Mans even more excited!”.
JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – 4th
“Today I’m happy because we finished this weekend well first with the second position on the grid in yesterday’s quali and then with a very solid race today! We will certainly learn a lot from this weekend and we will get important information from the race that will help us improve the bike and my riding. So let’s take note of the points we can and must improve and continue to work at home over the next few days. All in all I feel satisfied and certainly much more motivated. Go on like this!”.
QUALIFYING: FIRST AND SECOND ROW FOR NAVARRO AND DIGGIA AT THE GRAN PREMI DE CATALUNYA
The HDR Heidrun Speed Up team closed the Catalan qualifying day in the first and second row.
From Q1 to Parc Fermé, a superb Jorge Navarro. A weekend started badly with eighteenth place in the combined free practice standings, forced to fight in Q1 to gain access to the final qualifying. Jorge and his technicians changed the set-up for the first qualifying and with the third time they moved into Q2 ready to fight for the top positions of the starting grid. In the fifteen minutes available, Jorge not only scored his best lap in 1’43.536 with which he took second place and the front row, but also demonstrated that he has an excellent pace for tomorrow’s race.
Di Giannantonio only confirmed what he started yesterday by taking an excellent fourth time in free practices in 1’43.815, thus gaining direct access to Q2. Even in qualifying, Fabio proved to have an excellent feeling as well as a good pace, finishing fourth just +0.015 from the front row.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 2nd in 1’43.536
“We are finally back at the Parc Fermé, even if on a Saturday but it is still a good sign. In reality it has been a complicated weekend so far, the sensations with the bike have never been good until Q1 where we made some important changes that immediately gave me good signs. Before Q2 we fixed some more details and I tried to ride the bike more fluently. Happy to have reached the front row but above all to have found a good pace which is essential for tomorrow’s race. Now we have to analyze the data well to understand where we can improve further and tomorrow start confident and aware that we can stay there!”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 4th in 1’43.652
“Happy with this second day because we start from the second row and therefore we are again close to the leaders. We were close to being really up front and so I’m a little sorry, but I’m happy because in the end this is the first weekend where we’ve always been fast and with a good pace. Let’s see tomorrow, we are excited and ready to have a good race!”.
FREE PRACTICES: DIGGIA FOURTH AND NAVARRO SIXTEENTH ON CATALAN FRIDAY
The two free practice sessions of this Friday have opened the ninth round of the Moto2 World Championship at the Catalunya circuit, Barcelona.
At the end of the first day Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Navarro classified respectively in fourth and sixteenth position.
Fifth time for Fabio in the morning FP1, signed at the end of the session in 1’44.709. In the second session of the Catalunya Grand Prix, Diggia was second after lowering the morning time in 1’44.597, +0.475 from the first, closing the first day with the fourth fastest time in the combined times ranking.
Jorge ended the first session in eighteenth place with the time of 1’45.222. The Spaniard suffered lack of grip and struggled to find the feeling on the Catalan track. He improved his time by a tenth during the afternoon session by testing both tires at the rear without noticing a big difference. Seventh place for Jorge in FP2, but sixteenth in the combined times ranking.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21 – 4th in 1’44.597
“Delighted because it is the first weekend in a year now in which we have started well. We started with the Misano base which seems to be working for the moment. This afternoon the track conditions were not optimal, there was a lot of wind, but we still managed to improve the time, we were fast. So positive, all good for the moment but we mustn’t let our attention down. We have to stay focus because tomorrow one of the two most important days begins and therefore it will be important to improve tomorrow morning, enter Q2 already, do a good Q2 and prepare well for the race!”.
JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – 16th in 1’45.122
“Today we started riding on a new track after the two weeks at Misano and the first thing I noticed is that the grip is much less, regardless of the tire we use. In FP1 we have always worked with hard tires and in FP2 the wind made the conditions more difficult even if we tried some changes to understand what we need. The truth is that the feeling was not great, perhaps also due to the wind. We will then analyze the data with the aim of making a step forward in the last free practice session of tomorrow and prepare ourselves as best we can for qualifying”.
BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
RACE: SEVENTH AND EIGHTH PLACE FOR NAVARRO AND DIGGIA IN THE EMILIA ROMAGNA GP
Positive and encouraging Sunday for the Beta Tools Speed Up team that ended the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in seventh and eighth place.
As always, the weather dominates, forcing the race direction to wave the red flag twice. The first after 6 laps from the start of Race1, the second just before the re-start due to the weather conditions. On the second return to the box, Diggia and Jorge were awaiting, for the second time, the directives for the second re-start from the organization which shortly after confirmed what was communicated for the first re-start: 10 laps of the race, quick re-start procedure and position on grid based on the ranking of lap 6 of Race1, p5 for Diggia and p8 for Jorge. At 12.44 the pit lane reopened and the Beta Tools Speed Up team riders were ready to get back on track, both with slicks.
Excellent start for Jorge who reached fourth position at the end of the first lap trying not to lose the leading group. Navarro tried to keep the pace, but was joined by Lowes, Marini and Bezzecchi who had a better pace by finishing the race in seventh position.
Fabio also started well but struggled to find the pace and stability with the soft tires and on the second lap he lost two positions which he was able to recover during the race taking eighth place at the finish line.
Moto2 does not stop and get back on track next weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya for the ninth round of the 2020 season.
JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – 7th
“Today I am quite satisfied with how the race went because I made a good start trying to exploit my strong points. After a couple of laps I suffered from a lack of grip and so I had to change race tactics. Today finishing the race was fundamental for me and therefore I am satisfied with this seventh place after a really hard period. It will be our starting point to rebuild confidence to get back to racing as we know how to do”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21 – 8th
“Second weekend in a row that we are in the front and today in my opinion it was a really good race, especially in the first start we were there to play for, I liked it a lot. In the second re-start, where we all used the soft tires, we knew that we would struggle a bit more with them and therefore the eighth place is a good result. And now we go to Barcelona ready to continue the good work done in these two weekends!”.
QUALIFYING: THIRD ROW FOR THE BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM RIDERS
Beta Tools Speed Up team riders closed the qualifying of the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini in third row, eighth place for Diggia and ninth for Jorge.
At the end of the third free practice session in the morning Navarro was able to get direct access to Q2 with the eighth time in 1’36.045, +0.396 from the first, while Di Giannantonio with the time of 1’36.376 with a gap of +0.727 was out for a while, therefore forced to face Q1.
Team 21 studied the attack plan for the first qualifying hitting the target by passing the round with the second time. After a ten-minute stop, both riders got on their Speed Up SFT20 bikes and went back on track to give their all in the fifteen minutes available to outline the starting grid of tomorrow’s race. Jorge set the ninth fastest time in 1’35.952 after changing the tire few minutes before Q2 end. Fabio also opted for the tire change, but his best time was lap 3 of the session with which he qualified eighth with the chrono 1’35.928.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21 – 8th in 1’35.928
“I’m happy with today because we did well in the three free practice sessions, with a great pace even though we never did a really strong lap to stay up front and that’s why we found ourselves doing Q1 again. I’m happy with the position reached in Q2, I think I could have done a little better but I’m not sorry, on the contrary I’m much more ready for tomorrow. We have to improve the final part of the turn when I hit the gas where the bike still struggles a bit to turn, but here we are, we are getting close to the leaders!“.
JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – 9th in 1’35.952
“This morning in FP3 I felt good on the bike, I managed to set a good pace and then we were ready for qualifying. The truth is that I wasn’t able to do the qualifying I was hoping for, I didn’t have the same feeling in the morning, but I still feel good with the bike. We will analyze the data and understand how to improve tomorrow and how to find the confidence to have a great race”.
FREE PRACTICES: NAVARRO TENTH AND DIGGIA EIGHTEENTH IN THE EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX
A few days after the San Marino Grand Prix race, the Beta Tools Speed Up team got back on track today, again at the Misano World Circuit, for the free practice sessions of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the eighth round of this season.
Jorge Navarro ended the Friday free practices in tenth position, marking his best time on the last lap of FP2 in 1’36.467 at +0.511 from the top. The morning practice was interrupted by a crash at the last turn of the track, ending the session with the fifteenth time. Upon returning to the track for FP2 Jorge, after some changes to the bike’s set-up, Jorge improved the feeling with the bike by lowering his time by almost half a second although the pain in his left shoulder caused by the fall.
The number twenty-one of the Beta Tools Speed Up team started the weekend a little bit uphill, closing the first day with the eighteenth place with a time of 1’36.721 to +0.765. Tomorrow the focus of Fabio and his technicians will be access to Q2, working to improve the turn entry and then the race pace.
JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – 10th in 1’36.467
“Quite satisfied with this first day. From the first laps on track the feeling was better than last weekend. Then I crashed because at the last corner I passed over the hole and made the same mistake as in the San Marino GP. I got very angry with myself, but at the same time I calmed down because I knew the reason for that crash. In the afternoon we rode with the soft rear tire and after a few changes we managed to find a good feeling and do some fast laps towards the end of the session. Happy with this first day and with the desire to continue working”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21 – 18th in 1’36.721
“Misano 2 has started badly because we are behind. We actually improved a bit compared to last race, especially on the flying lap, but that’s only thanks to Dunlop bringing us a new softer tire and so we all lapped harder. We need to improve, make a good step tomorrow to get into Q2 and start running with a stronger pace, improve at least 3-4 tenths. So, let’s work and improve above all the turn entry!”.
+EGO SPEED UP
RACE: DIGGIA SEVENTH AT THE SAN MARINO GRAND PRIX. NAVARRO CRASHES OUT AT LAP TENTH
A bitter-sweet Sunday for the + EGO Speed Up team at the Misano World Circuit which closed the San Marino Grand Prix with a good seventh place by Fabio Di Giannantonio, but that must accept another crash from Jorge Navarro, who ended up off the track at the first turn of the tenth lap of the race.
Eighth on the grid after Gardner’s unfit following the accident in the warm-up and the penalty of Lowes, Fabio managed to make a good start, immediately recovering a position. In the twenty-five laps of the race he fought in the second group keeping a good pace closing the home Grand Prix in seventh position, satisfied with the work done over the weekend after a complicated period.
Next appointment again here at the Misano World Circuit for the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna and the Rimini Riviera 18/19/20 September.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 9 – 7th
“I’m happy! We have finally “started” this championship with a good position. More than the final position, which in reality is not what the team and I are looking for because we can do better, we are satisfied with the performance because the gap from the leaders is not much. We had a good pace in the race, I always gave 100%, taking home good points that will certainly lift our spirits a little and give us energy for the next race. Now a few days of rest to think a little about what we can improve and then ready for another race here at home”.
JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – DNF
“Difficult to find the words today. The truth is that I am very annoyed with how things are going because the truth is that I have not yet found the right feeling with the bike and when I try to push a little harder I have difficulty managing the front. In the race today I made a good start and I thought I could cross the line between eighth and twelfth place. I tried to stay with that group as much as possible, I had strong points, especially the second sector, but in the rest of the track I couldn’t make the most of the front brake. When I got to turn 1 on lap 10 I lost the front and suffered the same crash as in the previous races. We understand the problem but we need to find the solution. It’s hard, but we don’t give up. We will continue to work and give our best starting tomorrow”.
QUALIFYING: THIRD AND FOURTH ROW FOR THE +EGO SPEED UP TEAM
Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Navarro will start respectively from the third and fourth row of the grid, in ninth and twelfth position in the San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix which will start tomorrow at 12.20 CET on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
Diggia finished sixteenth the three free practice sessions. A crash in mid-FP3 prevented Fabio from completing the good work done in the first laps. Out of the top 14, Diggia prepared to face Q1. He passed the first qualifying without any problems with the first time in 1’36.964 and after ten minutes of stop in the garage he got back on track with his teammate for the final qualifying closing it in ninth position.
With the seventh time, Jorge Navarro got direct access to Q2. At the start of qualifying Jorge crashed out, without suffering serious consequences, thus managing to get back on track for the last two laps, setting the twelfth time on the grid in 1’37.089.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 9 – 9th in 1’37.019
“Happy with this second day in Misano! We will start from the third row and it has been a while since we started so far. We are on the right way with a good race pace. We are not ultra-fast, but we are in a good position to make a good placement tomorrow, but let’s see. We still have some time to understand how to improve the bike because it still doesn’t turn as I would like. Let’s see tomorrow, we are excited”.
JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – 12th in 1’37.089
“Positive day. This morning at the end of FP3 we managed to improve the feeling by finding a good time with a used tire. When I got back on track for qualifying, I felt good with the bike, but I made a mistake in the last turn and crashed on the first lap where I was going strong. Back in the box, my mechanics fixed the bike in a short time as best they could and I returned for the last two laps of the session. I gave it my all looking for a fast lap to qualify in a good position and it didn’t go so badly. So positive for tomorrow and with a ready to fight”.
FREE PRACTICES: DI GIANNANTONIO SIXTH AND NAVARRO NINTH IN THE SAN MARINO GRAND PRIX
The seventh round of the 2020 Moto2 World Championship kicked off today at the Marco Simoncelli circuit in Misano Adriatico.
Di Giannantonio closed the first day of free practice of the home Grand Prix with the sixth time of the Friday combined times in 1’37.243 just +0.310 from the first. After the difficulties encountered in the previous race weekends, Fabio and his team found good sensations on track both with used and new tires.
Jorge Navarro ended the day in ninth place in 1’37.474 to +0.541. The number nine of the team greatly improved his lap time during the second session by lowering the time obtained in FP1 in the morning by one second. There are still some changes to be made and tires to test in tomorrow’s last free practice, trying to prepare as best we can for Sunday’s race.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 9 – 6th in 1’37.243
“We started the weekend very well, starting from last year’s excellent base. I am happy that we are a little closer to the leaders. In the afternoon we improved a lot and went even faster than the time I did last year in qualifying, so very well. I think I still need 2-3 tenths of a step to be with the leaders, but the start is good! “.
JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – 9th in 1’37.474
“First positive day. This morning we encountered some difficulties, but we always worked with the focus on the race and with a full tank. The first practice therefore served us to understand what changes to make to the bike. In FP2 we improved, I was hoping to lower the time a little more by putting on the new tire but in any case, we are satisfied with this first day. Now we will analyse the data well to try to take a step forward tomorrow”.
+EGO SPEED UP
RACE: GRAND PRIX OF STYRIA. NAVARRO INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT, EIGHTEENTH DIGGIA.
Not a particularly good day for + EGO Speed Up team in the first Grand Prix of Styria with Fabio Di Giannantonio nineteenth place and the Jorge Navarro’s crash who was involved in an accident on the third lap of the race.
From twenty-fifth position Di Giannantonio made a good start, recovering positions immediately. Fabio’s feeling with his Speed Up bike was as good as his pace and on lap 10 he was in p13. On the following lap the sensations began to change, especially under braking, forcing Fabio to lower his race pace by crossing the finish line in p18.
Navarro also got off to a good start as he hold the starting ninth position until turn three on lap three when suddenly he was hit by Lowes’ bike and so crashed out fortunately without serious consequences.
There is now a 2-weeks break before the Moto2 championship is back again, this time with the Grand Prix of San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini at Misano circuit on 13th September.