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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”.
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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”.
BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM TO WORK IN THE FIRST DAY OF PTT THAILAND GRAND PRIX
The first free practice day of the PTT Thailand Grand Prix ended at the Chang International Cirucit of Buriram. Beta Tools Speed Up team riders finished the two sessions with tenth and twenty-fifth time.
In tenth position Jorge Navarro who finished the second practice session improving his fastest lap obtained in the FP1 of almost eight tenths. Still some small details to set up before tomorrow’s qualifying for the number nine, but the speed and pace tested in today’s practices confirm his competitiveness.
A more complicated start for Di Giannantonio, who closed twenty-fifth on Thai Friday. Together with his team Fabio has dedicated the two sessions to test new solutions that today have not led to positive results. Tomorrow’s in third free practice session will be fundamental to improve and try to get direct access to Q2.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 10th in 1’36.205
“A positive first day. This morning we encountered some difficulties but for the afternoon session we were able to make changes that allowed us to improve. We still have work to do, but more or less we are on the right way, we have a good feeling as well as the rhythm, we are competitive and ready to do a good qualifying”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 25th in 1’36.963
“We have tried new solutions today that unfortunately have not given the expected results and for this we are far behind, but the situation is not so dramatic. When you try new things it’s always an unknown quantity, they can make you improve a lot or not. Tomorrow we can only improve then head down and work as hard as we can!”
COLLIN VEIJER ON THE SECOND STEP OF THE MUGELLO’S PODIUM
The fifth round of the Moto3 Italian Speed Championship took place last weekend at the Mugello International Circuit.
Collin Veijer, following his eighth position in qualifying, started well in Race1, recovering positions and taking the lead of the race, when, due to a big accident on track, the red flag anticipated the end by defining the final classification. The young Dutchman finished Race1 with the second place.
In Race2 Collin, after a promising start, was forced to stop due to an engine problem.
Veijer and his team greet Mugello aware that they have given their best and satisfied with the work they have done.
The number 95 and his team will be back on track for the last round of the Italian Speed Championship from 4th to 6th October at the Vallelunga circuit.
Collin Veijer #95: “After the hard work of my team we were able to find a good adjustment for the race. In Race1, I made a good start pushing hard as much as I could until I took over the first position. Unfortunately, the race ended with a red flag because of a bad accident. Despite this, we finished the race with the second place. In Race2 my start was perfect and could reach p4 after the first corner. There was a lot of gravel on the track due to an oil trail and this caused a large cloud of dust. I could not continue to drive with blinking eyes losing many positions. When I started to see again, I had to stop because of a technical problem. I want to thank my team for their efforts, ready for the final round in Vallelunga”.
HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP
NAVARRO SEALS SENSATIONAL SECOND PLACE IN ARAGÓN GRAND PRIX. DI GIANNANTONIO ELEVENTH AT THE FINISH LINE.
At the MotorLand Aragón the HDR Heidrun Speed Up team took the ninth podium of the season with the stunning race of Jorge Navarro that closed the Aragón Grand Prix in second place. Di Giannantonio completed a difficult but positive weekend, crossing the finish line in eleventh position. He was still on the podium, Jorge Navarro who scored his seventh podium and did it in a circuit that has always given him great satisfactions. Fast and constant rhythm, grit and a lot of determination are the crucial elements of this second place.
A subdued start complicated Fabio’s race that from the twelfth position on the grid found himself sixteenth at the end of the first lap after having already recovered two positions. Di Giannantonio finished the race eleventh satisfied with having known how to face a difficult weekend with a good performance.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 2nd
“I am very happy because we started the weekend not in the best way but with the team we managed to work well together and get a great result. Yesterday we were fast and today even more. We had a good pace, especially at the end of the race, too bad because with 1-2 more laps we could have fought for the win, but I’m still happy and positive for the weekend we did. And now ready for Asia, focused and more determined than before”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 11th
“I made a bad start. The first meters were also good but then the bike reared up and I lost 6 positions and on this track it is more difficult to recover. We had good pace to stay well in the ten but today we are satisfied with the eleventh position and the five points taken. This is actually the best weekend for us because we started off badly, we were far away but we worked well and we got close enough to be quite competitive. Ready to go to Thailand excited like always”.
SECOND AND FOURTH ROW FOR THE HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP TEAM IN ARAGON QUALIFYING
On the second day of the Aragón Grand Prix, Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio finished the qualifying session in sixth and twelfth place, they will start from the second and fourth row of tomorrow’s race, exceptionally postponed at 14.30.
Navarro concluded the three free practice sessions with an excellent third time gaining direct access to Q2 where he scored his fastest lap of the session in 1’52.580 taking sixth position.
In the morning’s FP3 Di Giannantonio improved the feeling with his bike but for a while he did not take direct access to Q2. Fabio faced the Q1 with the right determination finishing the qualifying with the first time in 1’52.768 and in the Q2 he took twelfth place in 1’52.854.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 6th in 1’52.580
“I am happy with the work we have done today because we have improved time and pace. Tomorrow we start from the sixth position in the second row, but first in the warm up we will try some small changes to adjust the last details. We feel ready to face the race aware of being competitive and to be able to fight for the top positions”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 12th in 1’52.854
“I’m quite happy because we managed to improve the bike a lot and yesterday’s lap time approaching the times of the first. I did a very good Q1 and we are quite satisfied with the work we did in Q2. The twelfth position is not bad, maybe we need a few tenths to get the pace to win but I’m sure we can make a good race!”
NAVARRO TWELFTH AND DI GIANNANTONIO SEVENTEENTH IN THE FIRST DAY OF FREE PRACTICES AT THE ARAGÓN GRAND PRIX
At the end of the first dai of free practices of the Aragón Grand Prix, the HDR Heidrun Speed Up riders, Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio, took respectively twelfth and seventeenth place in the combined free practice times.Both teams took advantage of the two sessions working on the set-up of their Speed Up bikes and trying different changes to the setting. Navarro and Di Giannantonio improved their lap times in Fp2 but for both of them there is still work to be done to find the race set-up.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 12th in 1’53.484
“Positive as first day. We have dedicated ourselves in both sessions to developing the bike to understand where to focus our work. In May, we did a test on this circuit, obtaining excellent results, but the conditions that are there now are quite different from those of the test. We are therefore trying to understand how we can improve and I believe that tomorrow we will be able to take a step forward”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 17th in 1’53.676
“I am not so happy with today, we expected to start much better and instead we found great difficulties especially on the pushing of the back that we find on the front. From morning to afternoon we improved a little, but not as much as we expected. We are not so far away, if we work as we know we can reduce the gap. The bad thing is that we are out of Q2 for now and apparently rain is expected in Fp3 tomorrow. In any case we will give our best!”
+EGO SPEED UP
BITTERSWEET PODIUM FOR DI GIANNANTONIO AT SAN MARINO GP. NAVARRO TO REMOUNT IN SEVENTH POSITION.
+EGO Speed Up team ended the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di RImini with a bittersweet podium for Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Navarro’s comeback, seventh at the finish line. It is difficult to accept the decision of the race direction on the off-track of Fernandez a few turns from the end being aware that Fabio’s amazing race deserved the victory. Despite the decision, the Roman rookie climbed for the second time on the second step of the podium satisfied with his performance and aware of having given the maximum. Navarro made up for a tough weekend with a good comeback by crossing the line in seventh place. Eight positions recovered by Jorge who with a good start and a lot of determination managed to finish the race with nine fundamental points for the World Championship classification.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 2nd
“I’m sorry for what happened today and I’m sorry about the decision made by the race direction. Let’s take the result that is, which in any case is excellent. We were very strong this weekend and the pole position took yesterday with today’s podium confirm it. A pity because it would have been nice to win after 24 laps leading the race. Let’s focus on next Gp in Aragon satisfied and aware of what we know and can do!”
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 7th
“It was the most complicated weekend of my season, without a doubt. We made a radical change this morning in the warm that worked very well with this morning’s temperatures. But in the race the conditions changed and the feeling was not the same. Fortunately, I managed to start well and move forward in the first laps until I reached the fifth position, but I realized that I had neither the rhythm nor the feeling to continue driving as I was doing. I risked crashing twice and so I tried to keep up without risking too much. In the end, seventh, but for how this Grand Prix went I think it’s a positive result. Now let’s think about next race in Spain, Aragon, a track that I really like”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO SEALS SUPERB POLE POSITION AT SAN MARINO GP
The pole position of the San Marino GP is all Italian. Fabio Di Giannantonio took his Speed Up to the top of the Misano World Circuit starting grid and sealed the first pole position of his world career. That of Misano is not among the simplest weekends for Jorge Navarro who qualified fifteenth and will start from the fifth row in tomorrow’s race.
Since the first practice session on Friday, Di Giannantonio has proven to be competitive by concluding the third free practice sessions with the second best time in 1’37.802. In qualifying Fabio made no mistake and found his fastest lap at the end of the session, taking pole position.
Navarro struggled in the three free practices but he’s good at gaining direct access to Q2. In qualifying he did his best but couldn’t find the fastest lap and finished the race in fifteenth position. The Spaniard will use tomorrow’s warm-up to try new solutions at the rear. The goal will be to recover positions from the first laps and find a fast and steady rhythm that will allow him to gain ground.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 1st in 1’37.481
“Great day today! I’m so happy for my first position! This morning I got on the track with the hard tyres and I had a great feeling, when I put on the soft tyres I didn’t expect to improve so much. In the afternoon I managed to take another step despite the fact that the lap was not perfect, I am really happy. It will be a tough race, but I think we’re there”.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 15th in 1’38.181
“I think it’s the most complicated weekend of this season. The technicians and I are really struggling to find the feeling of the previous weekends, but we will continue to work as we have always done. We will use tomorrow morning’s warm up to understand how to face the race to the best of our abilities”.
DI GIANNANTONIO GREETS MISANO CROWD WITH THE THIRD PLACE. NAVARRO CLOSES THE FIRST DAY OF SAN MARINO GP FREE PRACTICES.
At Marco Simoncelli circuit in Misano Adriatico, the thirteenth round of the Moto2 World Championship season has been kicked off today.
Di Giannantonio closed the first day of free practice of the home Grand Prix with the third best time. It was a good day for the number twenty-one of the + EGO Speed Up team, who, in both Friday practices was able to show determination and good pace finishing the day at only +0.138 from the first.
Jorge Navarro ended the first day in nineteenth position. Jorge and the team weren’t able to take full advantage of the second session to find a solution to the lack of rear grip but they are confident in tomorrow’s third and final free practice to improve the bike set-up and try to reach direct access to Q2.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 3rd in 1’38.463
“I am really happy about this first day both for the result and for the Grand Prix itself, it is always exciting to return to this circuit mainly for the warmth of the people who make me feel right at home. Today we were fast with both hard and soft tyres. Tomorrow we will understand with which tyre to face the qualifying. We are very determined and excited!”
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 19th in 1’39.084
“The truth is that it was not our best Friday, it was quite a complicated day. We could not find the right feeling to face the two sessions as we normally do. We didn’t have the right feeling in the front, but especially in the rear when I feel no grip in the middle of a turn when accelerating with some vibrations. Now we just have to understand how to solve these problems, we have enough time and determination to do it and come back as competitive as ever“.
CAMPETELLA SPEED UP
NAVARRO FLIES ON THE SECOND STEP OF THE BRITISH PODIUM. DI GIANNANTONIO SIXTH TO THE FINISH LINE
At Silverstone comes the seventh podium of the season for Speed Up which climbed to the second step of the British Grand Prix after a great race by Jorge Navarro. Sixth position instead for Fabio Di Giannantonio who also showed determination and constant growth this weekend.
The team’s number nine smiles once again after having crossed the finish line in second place. A race to the limit, fought to the end, where the feeling was different from that of the weekend sessions, perhaps due to the high temperatures, but which in any case Jorge was able to manage well giving great emotions.
Di Giannantonio concluded a very positive weekend with an excellent performance. Eighteen laps giving the maximum until the last one in which he overcomed Baldassarri taking the sixth position.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 2nd in 2’04.417
“I’m really very happy about this weekend. We have been competitive in all sessions, taking first or second. Finally I made a good start without losing any position. The conditions were different from yesterday in fact we were missing 3-4 tenths, the feeling was not the same and not even the rhythm but in any case I gave the maximum in the race. Surely all this has influenced, especially in the last laps when Augusto had a few tenths more than me. It was a good race, I am really happy with this sixth podium!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 10th in 2’04.959
“A great weekend, I’m happy to have finished the race in the top ten next to the first ones. We started well gaining positions immediately, then we found some difficulties towards the end but every race is in itself and I am happy with the sixth position because we have shown that we are there. I suffered a little from the lack of front grip and having fought with Baldassarri until the last lap confirmed that we can still improve a lot. Go on like this, we can’t wait for Misano!”
FIRST AND FOURTH ROW FOR CAMPETELLA SPEED UP TEAM IN THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
Jorge Navarro closed the qualifying session of the British Grand Prix with the second best time and will start the race once again from the front row. Fabio Di Giannantonio took tenth place and will start the race, which will exceptionally begin at 15.30 Italy time zone, from the fourth row of the grid.
To mark the first time of the combined free practice session was the number nine of the Campetella Speed Up team who, with a fast and constant pace, got direct access to qualifying n.2 ready to compete for the top positions on the starting grid. In the fifteen minutes available, Jorge made no mistake and scored the second time of the race in 2’04.417 improving his fastest lap.
Di Giannantonio took tenth place in free practice sessions. Fabio also joined Q2 and it was in qualifying when he found the best set-up of the weekend and improving the feeling he was able to improve also the lap time by almost six tenths, finishing the qualifying in tenth position.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 2nd in 2’04.417
“It has been a very positive weekend so far. We finished the three free practice sessions with the best time and a fast pace. The feeling with the bike is very good and tomorrow we can have a good race. From p2 we can be very competitive, we are ready to give our best as always!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 10th in 2’04.959
“In qualifying we found the best set-up of the weekend, getting closer to the one we had during the Czech Republic Grand Prix. We improved several aspects of the bike that made the driving much better, I’m feeling better. We will start from the fourth row of tomorrow’s grid focused on making a good start and finding the pace to stay with the leading group”.