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! “
BETA TOOLS SPEED UP: POSITIVE TEST IN JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, READY FOR QATAR.
Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio conclude the first official test in seventh and eighth position.
With the ninth and final session held today, the Beta Tools Speed Up team leaves Jerez with good feelings and the right conditions to do well.
In the three-day official test Jorge Navarro is seventh in the combined ranking with Di Giannantonio behind him, both satisfied with their teams with the work done and the progress achieved.
Three daily sessions, nine in total of 80 minutes each in three days in which Diggia and Jorge tried different setting and tire solutions gaining positive and encouraging feedback.
The team’s number nine was among the most competitive on the race pace in the three days played, in addition to having signed his best time of 1’40.809 (+0.483) during the last session. Satisfaction with the competitiveness and improvements also on the other side of the box with Di Giannantonio who closed the official test with a time of 1’41.816 (+0.490) marked in the penultimate session.
And now it’s Qatar time for the last pre-season test (28-29 February and 1 March) before the sensational and long-awaited start of the season.
Jorge Navarro #9: “These three days of testing were very positive for us. We focused on tyres and on improving race pace getting good responses. We were fast and consistent with the hard compound tyres, perhaps we did not choose the best time for the soft compound because today was windy and the driving conditions were therefore more complicated, but in any case we concluded very well this last pre-season test in Europe and we are ready to continue the work started in Qatar“.
Fabio Di Giannantonio#21: “I am happy with how it went because I was not 100% physically because of the influence found last week. In fact, during the first and second day I felt a lot of it, while today was the first day when I was finally almost well. Despite this, we did a great job because the feeling with the bike is incredible. We worked on the details in particular on the fast turns, on the stability of the front tyre, also trying the new ones. Overall, I am really happy, I just missed making a race simulation precisely because I am not yet in top form, but we know we have time for improvement in Qatar!”
SPEEDUP CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL FIRST TEST IN JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
Riders and team in the best shape in the two-day test on the Spanish circuit which kicked off the pre-season tests of this 2020.
In Jerez de la Frontera just ended two days full of news, enthusiasm and intense work for the SpeedUp team. Navarro and Di Giannantonio got back out on track, ready to put themselves to the test after the long winter break spent training hard.
The Speed Up team riders dedicated the first part of the test to the new tyre introduced by Dunlop, adapting driving and setup in order to make the most of the new proposal.
On the first day Navarro stopped his chrono in third position in 1’41.993 at +0.152 from the first, behind him Di Giannantonio in 1’42.072 drawn up at the end of the day.
The following day the two teams resumed their work focusing on the race pace. The Spaniard finished the test in fourth place further lowering his time in 1’41.830, 132 total laps, but the constant and fast race pace is striking.
Di Giannantonio also shot down the 42’s wall with the time of 1’41.913, placing himself sixth and also confirming a high pace during the two days using only hard tyres.
The team will be involved in 2 other pre-championship tests, both official (Jerez 19/20/21 February; Doha, Qatar 28-29-1 March) in view of the first Grand Prix of the Moto2 2020 Championship, which traditionally will take place Sunday 8 March at the Losail circuit, Qatar.
Jorge Navarro #9: “Finally this long wait is over! It was an intense winter in which I was able to work hard on myself physically, technically and mentally. I analyzed the points to improve in this 2020 and I am happy that the team has also worked hard focusing precisely on the weaknesses of last season.These two days of testing were very important because after the long break I returned to having excellent sensations on track with my SpeedUp bike. The approach with the new Dunlop front tyre was good, it was not easy initially but we managed to understand how to exploit it as much as possible by finding excellent setting and riding solutions. The pace was good, we worked hard on the race pace and the results were satisfactory to say the least. Other tests await us before the start of the championship, we are ready to give our best“.
Fabio Di Giannantonio #21: “Very positive first test of the season! I was excited and ready to go after a past winter without getting on the bike and I must say that it always has a certain effect on me. I missed the asphalt, the speed, my team but finally we have started again! We worked well, two days in which we tried to improve the aspects where we sinned last year and we improved a little bit but above all we understood where to improve in the next pre-season tests. We went fast and so I can’t wait to go back to Jerez next week to continue the work we have started!”
MB CONVEYORS SPEED UP
GRAN PREMIO VALENCIA: NAVARRO UNRESTRAINED STEPS ONTO THE PODIUM EVEN IN VALENCIA AND CLOSES THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN FOURTH POSITION, DI GIANNANTONIO WINS THE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TITLE.
From Valencia, that’s all. The last Spanish stage that marks the end of the Moto2 World Championship has just ended. The MB Conveyors Speed Up team wanted to make a mark and succeeded. Uncontainable Navarro, who played at home and cleverly conquered the pole position. In the race, he held third place lap after lap, and when in the end he was overtaken by Manzi, he just didn’t fit and pushed it all until he regained the third position and the podium. Fabio Diggia is also gritty. In the race he danced from eighth to 10th position, resisted and closed ninth among the applause of the public. For the SpeedUp team it is time to sum up a very positive and determined season, closed in third place with 259 points in the constructors’ classification and fifth with 334 points in the team standings. Jorge Navarro closed fourth the 2019 moto2 championship standings with 226 points, with 8 podiums, 4 second places (Gp Spain; Gp France; British Gp; Gp Aragon) 4 third places (Gp Americas; Gp Catalunya; Gp Austria; Gp Valencia) and 4 pole positions (Gp Spain; Gp France; Gp Australia; Gp Valencia). Fabio Di Giannantonio instead, closed his debut year ninth in the standings with 108 points, with 2 podiums in second place (Gp Czech Republic; GP San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini) and 1 pole position (Gp San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini). For him, well deserved, also comes the award of Rookie of the Year 2019.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 3rd
“A difficult race today, but we are satisfied and happy to finish this 2019 with another podium, especially here at home. This morning in the warm up we had finalized those details that we missed yesterday and the feeling was great, I felt good over the bike and already in my head I knew we could have fought for the victory. In the race, however, the conditions changed, there was wind and I suffered problems at the front when I turned, the feeling changed and I couldn’t push more. However very very happy and I want to thank the team for the trust in me this season and for the great work we have done together, from pole positions to podiums all. It has been an incredible year and I hope the next one can be even better! “.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 9th ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!
“Amazing day, I am Rookie of the year! Today in the race I didn’t push that much because I knew it would have been enough to control the positions of Bastianini and Martin to be Rookie and so it was a race under management, however, in Top10 with a good performance. Very happy! Thanks to all the guys in the team, to all my team and to the sponsors for this first step done together this year. Daje!”.
GRAN PREMIO DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA: ANOTHER POLE FOR NAVARRO, DIGGIA IN SECOND ROW
At the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, at his 100th career GP, Jorge Navarro took the top of the qualifying and marked the fourth pole position of the season with his Speed Up in 1’34.461. Di Giannantonio will start from the second row with the sixth time in 1’34.704.
The Valencian ended FP3 in the morning with the eighth fastest time at +0.523 from the first, with a good pace and Jorge trusted in the work of his technicians in view of the qualifying session. In the fifteen minutes available, Jorge put all his determination finding the pole position in the home Grand Prix.
Incredible Fabio’s second place in the combined free practices. With the time of 1’34.677 the rookie showed to be fast with a good pace. Di Giannantonio started qualifying immediately giving the maximum, but an error on the fourth lap ended his QP early and with the chrono he took on the third lap he was able able to grab the second row of the starting grid for tomorrow’s race.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 1st in 1’34.461
“Super happy about the pole here at home. We are working very well this weekend but we lacked something we could find before qualifying. It took me a few laps to get well with the changes I made before getting back on track, but once I found the right pace, I managed to get a good time. Now with the team we will analyze the data well to see if we can still improve, but with the pace we have tomorrow we can fight for victory”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 6th in 1’34.704
“I am happy today, because at the end of this morning we took another big step forward. Too bad this afternoon because I started really strong and I thought I could lower the time a lot. I made a small mistake that I paid, I’m sorry. However positive and aware of being able to do well tomorrow. We still have the warm-up to fine-tune the last things and then we can fight”.
GRAN PREMIO DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA: DIGGIA THIRD AND NAVARRO SEVENTH IN FRIDAY PRACTICES
The last round of the Moto2 World Championship got underway today at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Cheste, Valencia.
A very positive first day for the MB Conveyors team that closed Friday practices with Fabio Di Giannantonio’s third and Jorge Navarro’s seventh at +0.671 and +0.774 from the top of the ranking.
Both riders demonstrated from the first morning practice to be competitive also on this circuit. Di Giannantonio in fact closed FP1 with the fifth fastest time in 1’35.917 to only +0.218 from the top and with the eighth time concluded Navarro at +0.415 in 1’36.114.
In the second session was instead performed with the classic long runs and the test of the different tyres, achieving good results in both MB Conveyors Speed Up teams.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 3rd in 1’35.293
“This is certainly an excellent day after the last few weekends that have not been too positive. I have been fast since the morning and with the bike I immediately found myself very well. We still have several points to improve, especially on the grip we lack at the rear, but all in all we did a great job today so let’s see how it goes tomorrow, we can take another step forward the important thing is to stay focused and try to get closer to Binder who seems have a great feeling”.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 7th in 1’35.396
“Very positive this first day. I found myself well with the bike from the first free practice session and then in the afternoon we made some changes with which we were able to improve the feeling. In the second round we also focused on the rhythm, working ahead of the race, getting excellent feeling even with used tyre. Tomorrow we will focus on some small details to improve before qualifying, we are ready to give our best”.
BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX: NAVARRO FIFTH IN COMEBACK RACE, DI GIANNANTONIO CRASHES OUT IN LAP 2
The last overseas Grand Prix of the Moto2 World Championship at the Sepang International Circuit has just ended. The Beta Tools Speed Up team leaves Malaysia with Jorge Navarro’s fifth place, author of a stunning comeback and Fabio Di Giannantonio’s crash on the second lap.
At the start both Fabio and Jorge made no mistake, the rookie was seventh at the end of the first lap with four positions recovered, while the Spaniard maintained the fifteenth position ready to leave the big group already in the following lap. Unfortunately, an error at the second lap stopped Diggia’s race. After the crash at turn 4, Fabio immediately returned to the pit-box ready to back in the race after changing the right platform, but a couple of laps from the return to the track he was forced to retire due to problems with the bike caused by the crash.
Navarro struggled in the first laps but then found the rhythm and stareted the comeback. Ten are the positions he was able to recover from the start then crossing the finish line in fifth position.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 5th
“Complicated race because we started from an awkward position and in the first laps there was a bit of confusion in which I was not able to recover as I would have wished, losing a lot of time. Then I started shooting at a good pace and speed and from there I was able to start the comeback. The bike worked well today, the changes we made also so I’m happy, I’m just sorry that the title race ends here with this race. However, I am satisfied with the work we are doing and have done so far. Now let’s think about giving our best in the home race in Valencia”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – DNF
“What a pity! I’m very sorry for the team because we were able to find a nice package for today’s race but I threw everything with a stupid mistake on the second lap. I could have been calmer and avoided the crash but it was like that and we must consider it as a learning and growth mistake. Head up and continue to work, ready to Valencia”.
MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX: FOURTH AND FIFTH ROW FOR JORGE AND DIGGIA
The Beta Tools Speed Up team riders will start from the fourth and fifth row of the grid respectively in the Malaysian Grand Prix scheduled for tomorrow at 6.20 CET. Fabio Di Giannantonio set the eleventh time in 2’05.956, while Navarro closed fifteenth qualifying in 2’06.126.
In the last morning practice session Fabio and Jorge lowered the time on Friday, both gaining direct access to Q2, Navarro with the eighth fastest time in 2’05.812 and Di Giannantonio with the fourteenth in 2’06.178 although the few laps in track due to the mid-session crash.
Back on track the conditions were uncertain and the riders hurried to find the fastest lap before the arrival of the rain. Diggia found his time at mid session, finishing eleventh, while Jorge after the crash at the start of the qualifying was forced to go back to the garage where the mechanics repaired the damage done in the crash in a short time and in the few minutes left the Spaniard marked the fifteenth time.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 11th in 2’05.956
“Not the best today, I’m not really satisfied with this second day. I am still happy with the progress achieved because I am much better off with the bike and this is positive in a race view. Too bad for this morning’s crash that made us lose time on track because we could have used the last free practice session a little more. Qualifying not so well in the afternoon also because of the difficult track conditions, but we were able to find a good lap. Anyway, we know where we can improve to get ready for the race”.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 15th in 2’06.126
“Not the easiest day! The changes we made this morning did not help improve the feeling we had hoped for. Then for qualifying we did some more and as soon as I got back on track I gave my best on the first lap because I knew the conditions could have changed from one moment to the next. Unfortunately I made a mistake on turn 11 and crashed. Luckily I managed to get back on track even though the few minutes left and I managed to finish the session with the fifteenth time. I am optimistic for tomorrow, I believe that if we analyze the situation well and take the right steps we can make a good race”.
FIFTH AND SEVENTH PLACE IN FRIDAY FREE PRACTICES FOR BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM AT MALAYSIA GP
The Malaysian Grand Prix, the last extra-European leg of the Moto2 World Championship, has started today at the Sepang International circuit.
Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio closed the first day of free practices with the fifth and seventh time respectively at +0.535 and +0.613 from the top.
Both Beta Tools Speed Up team riders focused today’s work on the set-up of the Speed Up bikes in both Malaysian Friday sessions. Navarro closed the morning practice with the fifth time finding a good feeling from the first lap on the track. After some changes to the setting, the Spaniard made progress in the race pace and in the chrono, confirming the fifth position in fp2 too. Di Giannantonio finished with the twenty-first time at the end of the first session, a position that has greatly improved in the afternoon with the decisive lap in 2’06.581 closing the day seventh. There is still some work to do on the race pace for team 21 in tomorrow’s last free practice session before qualifying.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 5th in 2’06.503
“My day was intense but positive. The feeling on track have been good since the first laps, but we still have some work to do in view of the qualifying. We suffer a little on entering the turns, but we already have some ideas that we will try tomorrow morning in Fp3 hoping the track is as dry as today so we will be able to work well”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 7th in 2’06.581
“The first day in Sepang went well although my physical condition today is not optimal. I’m happy with how this first day went because in the end I was quite fast and in Fp2 we found the fastest lap. We are lacking a little rhythm, but we are working to get there, so good. We need to figure out which front tyre we will use in the race but we will use tomorrow’s morning session to find the answer if the conditions allow us! “
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FOURTH AND FOURTEENTH PLACE FOR THE BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM AT THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
The race of the Australian Grand Prix has just ended at the Phillip Island circuit. The Beta Up Speed team leaves the island after taking a fourth place with Jorge Navarro and a fourteenth place with Fabio Di Giannantonio. That definitely did not live up to expectations given by the pole position and the second row obtained in yesterday’s qualifying. Feeling problems for Navarro, who managed the race well giving the maximum until the last lap. Jorge once again confirms his competitiveness and with the thirteenth points taken with the fourth place he is back on fourth position of the world championship classification.For Di Giannantonio, on the other hand, the race is complicated from the start when he went off the track at turn 4 of the first lap to avoid the accident involving Lecuona, Marini and Bezzecchi. Skillfully Fabio was able to get back on track, continuing the race from the last position. Without losing heart, the number 21 immediately started recovering to reach the finish line in fourteenth position.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 4th
“Today the track conditions were definitely better than yesterday, much less wind and a milder temperature that made the Phillip Island race much more exciting. This morning in the warm up I didn’t have a great feeling and so we decided to make some changes before entering the grid which in part worked and allowed me to have a good race. We lacked something to stay ahead, but I’m still happy with the work we’ve done this weekend and today’s race; we made a good start, the first few laps very fast and then we gave 100% finishing in fourth position. So what to say, positive and with a great desire to arrive in Malaysia!”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 14th
“Another race ruined at the start! The first lap is always unpredictable and unfortunately today we have been penalized by the mistakes of others. After a few turns from the start of the race we found ourselves having to start from the last position. We managed to climb back up to the fourteenth place, recovering every lap, with the pace we had we could have classified in the top five. Too bad, we will get our own back in Malaysia!”
NAVARRO SCORES THIRD POLE POSITION, DI GIANNANTONIO WILL START FROM THE FOURTH POSITION.
Beta Tools Speed Up team celebrates the pole position of the Australian Grand Prix with Jorge Navarro who stands in qualifying for three tenths on Binder. Di Giannantonio fourth at +0.002 from the front row after an excellent qualifying.
Under an unpredictable sky that is affecting the entire weekend of the Phillip Island Grand Prix, Navarro and Di Giannantonio closed the three free practices with the third and sixth time of the combined classification, both gaining direct access to Q2. Qualifying startsed with a dry track and the Beta Tools Speed Up team riders immediately took advantage of it to give the maximum aware that the conditions could change. A few minutes before the end of the session, the flag waved and riders had to back in the pit-box for strong wind and rain, determining the early end of the session. Jorge finally took the pole position and Fabio finished with the second row.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 1st in 1’33.565
“I am very happy with this Pole Position! This morning we did a great job working with used tyres and riding alone. For the qualifying we made some small changes to the bike trying to improve the feeling but to tell the truth I didn’t have the time to understand if we did a step forward or not because I was completely focused on doing the time given that the weather varied by minute in a minute. However, I managed to get a good fast time, almost the best of the weekend with which we did our third fantastic pole. I am very happy because this is not one of my favorite tracks. Ready to fight for victory tomorrow!”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 4th in 1’33.936
“Really happy with today’s qualifying and how we overcame the difficulties we encountered yesterday. This morning we did our best to reach Q2, although the unpredictable weather conditions, and with satisfaction we were able to directly access the second qualifying. The session went well, too bad we didn’t finish the excellent lap we were doing in which the rain started falling down and for the risky conditions we all went back to the pit-box finishing the qualifying in advance. In the end we start in the second row and tomorrow we only have to believe in it!”
NAVARRO THIRD FASTEST IN AUSTRALIAN FRIDAY PRACTICES. DI GIANNANTONIO FIFTEENTH AT THE END OF THE FIRST DAY.
At the iconic Phillip Island circuit has started today the Australian Grand Prix. The first day of free practices was affectred by the weather conditions. The morning session took place in the rain while in the afternoon the track conditions totally changed thanks to the coming sun that dried the track and raised the temperatures. Both Beta Tools Speed Up team riders struggled to find their Speed Up bike set-up during the first round on a wet track. Slippery track, lack of grip and many crashes during the session including that of Fabio Di Giannantonio at the start of the FP1, fortunately without serious damages.
Everything changed already from the first laps of the FP2 in which Navarro showed a good pace, improving lap after lap to take the third position almost at the end. Di Giannantonio found it more difficult than his box-mate to find the right set-up, but with the last lap of the session he marked his best time placing fifteenth.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 3rd in 1’33.405
“We started the Australian weekend well. This morning the track conditions were very delicate so I decided not to risk it, take it easy and understand how the bike behaved in the rain. In FP2, with a dry track, we immediately started well by making some small changes to the setting that helped us understand the direction in which to work. Tomorrow I hope to continue in this direction, obviously I am happy because we have already proven to be competitive, we only have to fix some details regarding my driving and in the bike if the weather allows it”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 15th in 1’34.017
“This morning the conditions were a bit on the limit due to the rain and a very slippery asphalt, it was certainly difficult for us to take the pace especially after the initial crash. In the afternoon, the first dry session in the Moto2 circuit at Phillip Island was not so bad, but it could have been better. We stay confident for tomorrow!”
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GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN: FIFTH AND ELEVENTH PLACE FOR BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM IN MOTEGI
A fifth place with Jorge Navarro and an eleventh place with Fabio Di Giannantonio: this is the loot collected by the Beta Tools Speed Up team in the Japanese Grand Prix, the sixteenth round of the championship, which took place at the Twin Ring Motegi.
A weekend of ups and downs but with positive results for both riders that finished the race in the points.
Navarro fought for the fifth position for most of the race, facing several overtakes and the remarkable bagarre with Marquez in which Jorge prevailed to close with a gap of over two seconds on the number 73.
Situation certainly more complicated but just as satisfying for Di Giannantonio who after the good start was able to climb exactly ten positions in which Fabio showed determination and good pace until he reached the eleventh place.
Next weekend next stop at the Phillip Island circuit for the Australian Grand Prix.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 5th
“Today we did a good job in the warm up where we found the right direction. With some minor pre-race changes, I felt better immediately. The only thing we lacked was some acceleration but I was already in a good position. Too bad the miss-shifting in the last chicane of the third lap where I lost 4 positions and the difficulty then to advance. Then I started to recover but it wasn’t easy, it was already too late. I’m still happy with fifth place after the difficulties I encountered this weekend”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 11th
“Tough weekend and also with a bit of bad luck. I am not at all happy with the final result, but I am very happy with the way I faced the race: the pace was there, I was fast and I recovered positions. A good race in my opinion and also of maturity because I didn’t make mistakes and I almost reached the second group. We continue to add experience, step by step, now Australia is waiting for us”.
SECOND AND SEVENTH ROW FOR BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM IN JAPANESE QUALIFYING
The rain conditioned the second day of the Japanese Grand Prix in which were held the qualifying sessions that marked the starting grid of tomorrow’s race, live at 6.20 am, Italian time.
With the wet track and the constant rain during the fp3, the Beta Tools Speed Up team riders were not able to improve Friday’s times and thus had to face the Q1.
Navarro found an excellent feeling in the first qualifying obtaining the access to the Q2 where with the time of 2’02.411 he took the fifth position and second row of the grid.
A more complicated and partly unlucky first qualifying for Di Giannantonio who found the right feeling right at the end of the session and missed for a few tenths the access to Q2. Tomorrow in the race he will start from the seventh row in twenty-first position.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 5th in 2’02.411
“Today we found a good feeling in the wet without risking more than necessary we managed to improve in every session. In Q1 we were fast getting access to the Q2 where we started well, at a fast pace. We could have improved but I made a mistake in the last two laps, I don’t know why but I started having grip problems at the rear. We need to understand what happened, but in any case I am happy with the position obtained in QP. If we work well in tomorrow’s warm-up we can certainly have a good race”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 21st in 2’04.349
“This morning was not a good session because we tried a change but it didn’t go well and the feeling in the wet was certainly not what we expected. In better qualifying, pity that I took the flag a second earlier than I hoped was my last lap and just what allowed me to enter Q2. Tomorrow in dry conditions we can recover by giving the maximum as always!”
FIRST DAY OF FREE PRACTICES AT THE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN
The sixteenth round of the Moto2 World Championship started today at the Motegi circuit. The Beta Tools Speed Up team ended the first day of the Japanese Grand Prix with Fabio Di Giannantonio at the fifteenth place in the combined free practice times and Jorge Navarro at the eighteenth.
Fabio concluded the first session in p20 with the time of 1’52.010. After the first exit on track, the team 21 tried to improve the feeling and the lack of grip at the rear by using the fp2 for small changes to the Speed Up bike setting. Fabio’s improvement was clear in the second session that he ended just six tenths from the first.
Even for Navarro it was not an easy start to the Twin Ring of Motegi. Fourteenth at the end of the first practice in the morning at +0.659 from the first, Jorge and his technicians decided to try different solutions taking advantage of the second session. The number 9 improved his time by a few tenths, but they still have work to be done before Sunday.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 15th in 1’51.248
“Despite the final position, which is not the best, I am quite happy for the work done today. We are six tenths from the first, the gap is not much and if we continue to work in this way we can reduce it. It’s a pity that a lot of rain is expected tomorrow and therefore it will be difficult to lower the time to go directly to Q2, but even in the wet we can show what we are able to do, so let’s stay focused and optimistic! “
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 18th in 1’51.399
“It was a pretty complicated day, we couldn’t find the right direction to take. We tried some changes but without finding the answers we expected. There are some points on the track where we lose a lot, others where we are fast enough. We will continue to work on the problems encountered, both in terms of set-up and driving, to understand the way to take in view of the race”.
SUCCESSFUL ROUND6 FOR COLLIN VEIJER AT VALLELUNGA CIRCUIT
Vallelunga’s “Piero Taruffi” circuit hosted the last race of the season of the Italian Speed Championship, which ended over the past weekend. The sixth round proved to be the toughest for Collin and his team, who were able to face together the difficulties encountered in the best way. Collin qualified in fourteenth place with the chrono of 1’44.536 but he did not give up and in both races he managed to climb up to the eighth position. Satisfied with the work done by the Speed Up Junior team and aware of having given his best, Veijer closed his first championship in the Moto3 category in fifth position with 115 points.
Collin Veijer #95: “I am very satisfied with my first season on a moto3 even if it was not always easy to find a good adjustment with the extra weight. This weekend at Vallelunga was the most difficult, but at least I gave the best of myself. Thanks to my fantastic team and sponsors. Now I am getting ready for the Redbull rookies selection which is on the agenda next week. In addition, I really hope to complete the budget and get back on track also for next season”.
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TOUGH PTT THAILAND GRAND PRIX FOR JOREG NAVARRO AND FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO
A complicated weekend ended for Beta Tools Speed Up riders at the Chang International Circuit.
Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio leave Thailand with the seventeenth and eighteenth position aware of having given the maximum although the difficulties encountered during the weekend.
Today’s race start was very hard after yesterday’s difficult qualifying in which Fabio and Jorge got the eighteenth and twenty-first position. They made a good start but too many difficulties encountered on track, especially in the straights where Navarro and Di Giannantonio could not keep the pace.
Beta Tools Speed Up team ended the Thai Grand Prix a bit disappointed looking to the next Japanese Grand Prix wishing to redeem.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 17th
“I am very disappointed by this weekend, especially from the race. I got a good start recovering positions right from the start but then it was impossible to move forward and get the group ahead. Big difficulties at every straight, we lost a lot at the end of T1, T2 and T4 which are acceleration zones. We recovered in T3 and at the beginning of T4, but it was too risky driving in that way. This is our position this weekend, we need to be realistic and understand why we have suffered so much. We will continue to work hard to come back stronger than before already from Japan”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 18th
“Difficult weekend. Jorge and I gave our best on the track but with the bike we have right now we couldn’t do better on this circuit, it was complicated for the whole team. Talking about the development of the bike we are at the top, the bike allows us to do what we want when riding, a pity that we lose a lot on the straight, it is our only problem. When we find a solution for this then we will fight for the podium every Sunday, but so in some tracks we cannot do anything!”
SIXTH AND SEVENTH ROW FOR DI GIANNANTONIO AND NAVARRO IN THAI QUALIFYING
At the PTT Thailand Grand Prix were held the qualifying sessions which defined the starting grid for tomorrow’s race. A difficult qualifying for both Beta Tools Speed Up team riders who will start tomorrow from the eighteenth (Di Giannantonio) and twenty-first (Navarro) position, respectively in the sixth and seventh row.
Determined to improve Friday’s twenty-fifth position, Di Giannantonio managed the first part of the third free practice working on the setting of the Speed Up bike. The feeling improved and towards the end of the session Fabio found the fastest lap that took him directly to Q2 where he closed the qualifying with the eighteenth place.
Navarro finished the free practice sessions in fifteenth position, thus having to face the Q1. Unfortunately, the luck was not on his side when in Q1, after the tyres change, he crashed a few minutes before the end of the race ending his qualifying with the twenty-first position.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 18th in 1’36.359
“Today was a good day at the end. I drove well and the bike is perfect too, but the problem we have since the beginning of the year is on the straights where we struggle a lot and the difference with the others is abysmal, I always try to push hard but sometimes it’s not enough, it depends on the track at the track. There are tracks where we can make a difference and others where we suffer and this is one of those. Tomorrow it will be tough, because I struggle to respond to attacks and to attack, but we will do our best as usual!”
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 21st in 1’36.045
“Today was not really our best day, but we need to look ahead! In Fp3 we tried a change that did not give us the feedback we were hoping for and therefore we were not able to get direct access to Q2. In Q1 I made a mistake during our fastest lap, so I decided to change the tyres, but when I got back on track I crashed finishing the qualifying in twenty-first place. We just have to keep working to understand how to face tomorrow’s race”.