RACE: DIGGIA SEVENTH IN THE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE. NAVARRO CRASHES DOWN AT LAP 19
The Termozeta Speed Up team leaves France and the Bugatti circuit of Le Mans with a seventh place for Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Navarro’s crash just a few laps from the end of the French Grand Prix race.
The rain affected the French Sunday. Arrived on the grid after the sighting lap, the Termozeta Speed Up riders decided to change the rain tires with the slicks more suitable for the mixed conditions of the track at that time.
To say the least, Fabio’s race is remarkable closing a complicated weekend in the best possible way, which began with the bad crash in FP1 in which he suffered a sprained left ankle. From eleventh position on the grid, Fabio started well, recovering two positions immediately. On lap eight, Fabio reached p7 which he held tightly to the finish with determination.
Not an easy day for Jorge Navarro, forced to complete 2 long laps in the race due to a crash with a yellow flag reported yesterday during qualifying. From p18 Jorge made a good start but after having made the two long laps in the first laps he found himself fighting among the last positions. He was able to recover up to p19 but with less than seven laps to go he crashed down without serious consequences.
Moto2 does not stop and flies to Spain for the Aragón Grand Prix 16/17/18 October.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21 – 7th
“I’m very happy with today’s race because after the crash on Friday, after missing the whole FP2 round and after being late in setting up, we were still fast even if I wasn’t 100% physically. A strange race for the mixed conditions of the track. At first I believed it, I thought I could stay there but I raced with the wet set-up and I couldn’t push harder. I’m happy for another positive weekend. Let’s go to Aragon, excited, aiming for the podium!”.
JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – DNF
“The truth is that today has not been our day since the race started with the uncertainty that it would rain or that the track would not dry. I had to do the two long laps and there the track was much wetter and so I lost a lot more time than I should have lost. Anyway, I didn’t feel very comfortable with the bike in these conditions. I tried to see it as a test, because I knew it would be difficult to score points. I gave it my all, but on turn 3 on lap 19 I lost the front and fell to the ground. I’m so sorry, I’m really disappointed. We will analyze the data well to understand how to solve our problems from the next GP”.
QUALIFYING: FOURTH AND SIXTH ROW FOR THE TERMOZETA SPEED UP TEAM
Termozeta Speed Up team riders returned to action at the Bugatti circuit in Le Mans to determine their position on tomorrow’s starting grid.
Good performance by Fabio Di Giannantonio, eleventh on the grid although the physical conditions are not at 100% after yesterday’s bad crash during FP1. Eighteenth position for Navarro who finished his qualifying early due to a crash at mid-session.
Dry track, clear ski and low temperatures characterized the second day of the French Grand Prix.
Diggia finished FP3 in p25 and prepared to face the first qualifying with the aim of finishing in the top four in order to access the final QP. Although the few laps done in the free practices, Fabio passed the Q1 with the fourth fastest time and on his return to the track for Q2 he marked his best lap of the weekend in 1’36.879, closing his qualifying in p11.
With the sixth time of the combined rankings at only +0.480 from the first Navarro went directly to Q2. Unfortunately, his qualifying ended early with the crash on lap four without having the time to get back on track. Tomorrow he will start in the sixth row from eighteenth position.
The Grand Prix de France Moto2 race will be broadcast tomorrow exceptionally at 2.30pm CET.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21 – 11thin 1’36.879
“As the weekend started, I am very happy with today’s qualifying. Yesterday I crashed after just 10 laps on track and so this morning we started from scratch; we practically started the weekend today. In FP3 we were quite far away, but “luckily” we made Q1 using those 15 minutes to fix the Speed Up bike setup. In the end we are in the fourth row, close to the leaders and in my opinion also with a good pace. We hope to hold out until the end of the race without experiencing too much pain in the left ankle. Confident and happy for tomorrow, we can have a good race”.
JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – 18th in 1’37.556
“I am really sorry for today’s crash during qualifying because we could have done well. In the third session of this morning we found a good feeling and we were confident for today’s qualifying. For tomorrow we must try to recover as many positions as possible at the start and find a good race pace”.
FREE PRACTICE: NAVARRO SIXTH AT THE END OF THE DAY. BAD CRASH FOR DIGGIA IN FP1
The French Grand Prix has started today at the legendary Bugatti circuit in Le Mans with the new livery change for the Speed Up team that wears the Termozeta colors over the French weekend.
The first free practice session ended in the worst possible way for Fabio Di Giannantonio who was thrown violently to the ground from a highside on the last corner of the eleventh lap. No serious consequences for Diggia after thorough checks at the circuit medical center and at the Le Mans hospital. Team 21 then preferred to stay in the garage during the second round to avoid taking further risks after the bad crash.
Positive day instead for Jorge Navarro who closed in sixth position on French Friday. The weather complicated the two free practice sessions, putting a strain on the riders who had to tackle a wet and slippery track in the morning and partly dry in the afternoon. After the pit stop for some changes to the set-up in mid-FP2, the Spaniard returned to the track improving his time at each lap, ending the session with the chrono 1’38.221, +0.508.
JORGE NAVARRO # 9 – 6th in 1’38.221
“An unstable day, this morning a wet track which in the afternoon partly dried out and therefore we faced the sessions paying particular attention, without risking too much. We did a good job in both track conditions, especially in Fp2. With the changes made in the middle of the session we have improved the driving a lot and for tomorrow we already know which way to go. We hope that the weather conditions are good to continue with the work and nothing, happy and positive for this start”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO # 21 – DNC
“The day ended so soon! Too bad, because in the first session we were improving lap by lap up to the highside at the last corner which made us finish the session early. I hit my ankle hard, which is why we preferred to stay in the garage for the second round and rest for tomorrow”.