HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP
RACE: NAVARRO CLOSES THE GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE IN TENTH PLACE. DIGGIA CRASHES ON LAP 3
Jorge Navarro ended the European Grand Prix in tenth position at the Ricardo Tormo circuit. Fabio Di Giannantonio crashed on the third lap.
After two days of difficult track conditions, the track was completely dry in the warm up and the race took place on a dry track with average temperatures around twenty degrees.
A tough race for Jorge Navarro who started from nineteenth position on the grid. The Spaniard did not let himself be intimidated by the grid position managing very well the race with a great comeback crossing the finish line in p10.
Fabio’s race ended on lap three with a crash that closed in the worst possible way a weekend in which the rider proved to be fast and to have an excellent feeling with the Speed Up bike regardless of the track conditions.
Moto2 does not stop and returns next weekend again to the Ricardo Tormo circuit for the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 10th
“After two days in the wet this morning we rode on a dry track for the first time. In the warm up I didn’t have a great feeling with the bike, but being the only twenty minutes on a dry track before the race I tried to push to understand how far I could go. Unfortunately, towards the end of the session I fell with minor damage to the elbow and right knee, but nothing serious. We tried to manage the situation in the best possible way by making changes to the bike. In the race I gave my best recovering positions with a pace that was equal to that of the leaders. In any case, I consider today’s result positive, ready to fix the mistakes made in order to be better prepared next weekend”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – DNF“In this morning’s warm up everything was perfect and I felt great with the bike! We started the race after making a small change, confident that we could have a good race and fight for the podium! On the other hand, from the first lap of the race I had problems with the rear, risking crashing several times. On the third lap, unfortunately, I could not avoid the crash. Really a pity! We checked the data and it seems it was neither my mistake nor the team’s, but that’s how it went! A wasted opportunity, but we don’t give up because next week we are always here and we know we are fast and strong. We’ll get our own back!”.
QUALIFYING: FOURTH AND SEVENTH ROW FOR HDR HEIDRUN SPEED UP TEAM
HDR Heidrun Speed Up riders Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Navarro finished qualifying for the European Grand Prix finishing respectively in eleventh and nineteenth position.
Even on the second day, the rain complicated the track conditions, hampering the last free practice session and qualifying for Moto2.
Team 21 decided not to run in the wet, having secured direct access to Q2 with the fifth fastest time on Friday. He therefore remained in the garage for almost the entire round of the Fp3 Di Giannantonio, who went back on track only in the final minutes to test the starts. In the meantime, the rain subsided, but the track conditions worsen, becoming dry in some parts and wet in others. Fabio started qualifying with the rain with which he immediately showed a good pace. Halfway through the quali Diggia returned to the garage to replace the rains with slicks because the track was drying and in just two final laps, he managed to set the eleventh time in 1’42.586.
More complicated day for Jorge, bluffed by the rain. With the seventeenth time of the combined free practices, Navarro faced the Q1 on a partly dry track. Unfortunately, for a few thousandths, he almost reached access to Q2, finishing qualifying in p19.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 11th in 1’42.586
“I’m not too happy with how qualifying went. The track conditions today have always been uncertain; in qualifying it was a bit like betting on red or black. We entered with the rain, but we lost time because the track was drying. We then went back to put on the slicks and in the only two laps I had in the dry I was unable to get a great pace. We have limited the damage, we start in the fourth row and nothing, tomorrow when we lower the visor we will give 100% to try to recover. The goal is the podium! “.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 17th in 1’46.609
“Another day with complicated conditions; track half dry and half wet both in Fp3 and in qualifying. Too bad because in qualifying the sensations with the rear were not at all good enough to think that something was wrong with the tire or the bike. In the end, the problem was the wet tires on an almost dry track. I’m sorry because we didn’t go to Q2 for a few thousandths. In any case, we just have to look ahead and better prepare for tomorrow’s race”.