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JORGE NAVARRO TOOK THIRD CONSECUTIVE PODIUM IN LE MANS. DI GIANNANTONIO ENDED THE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE TWELFTH AFTER A SUPERB COMEBACK

The Lightech Speed ​​Up team ends the French weekend with flying colors and greets Le Mans with so much satisfaction for the third consecutive podium of Jorge Navarro, runner-up, and the excellent comeback of teammate Fabio Di Gannantonio, who reached the points zone with the twelfth placement. After the wet qualifying on Saturday, the technicians changed the setting of the motorbikes because, although the sky was cloudy, a dry race was ahead. The poleman Navarro, after a good start lost some positions and on the first lap he was behind Vierge in fourth place. Almost halfway through the race, Jorge got second, determined to reach Marquez. Some driving errors took away the possibility for the number nine of the Lightech Speed ​​Up team to fight for the victory, but once again he took a well-deserved second place and the fastest lap of the race. Fabio Di Giannantonio, twentieth on the grid, faced the race with the determination and the awareness of being able to compete and once again demonstrated his growth with the Speed ​​Up bike, crossing the finish line in twelfth position.

JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 2nd
“I am really very happy about this weekend, especially because Le Mans is a circuit that has always created me some problems in this category. After the practice on Friday when we didn’t have a good feeling with the bike, I and my staff were really good at figuring out how to solve the problems and then get the pole in the wet. This morning, with a dry track, we made some changes to the setting and during the warm up I realized we could fight for the win. I’m sorry for the mistakes I made at the corner 8, without which we could reach the first position, but we still managed to finish second and take the third consecutive podium. We are super happy, twenty points more and third place in the standings”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 12th
“I’m happy because it was a pretty tricky race and after a complicated weekend we managed to do well. Starting from the twentieth position was not easy but I did my best and managed to recover some positions. We need to work better in free practice sessions and in qualifying to try to start later and then improve especially in the first part of the race where we were a bit slow”.

 

JORGE NAVARRO AMAZED EVERYBODY AT THE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE WITH THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE POLE

The Lightech Speed ​​Up team riders returned to action at the Le Mans Bugatti circuit to determine their position on tomorrow’s starting grid. As expected, the last morning free practice session was affected by the rain, which did not allow Navarro and Di Giannantonio to improve Friday’s free practices time. Both riders then faced the Q1, again with a wet track. Jorge finished the qualifying session with the fourth time in 1’49.736 which allowed him to access Q2. On his return to the track, ready to fight for the top positions, Navarro took the lead improving his time every lap until taking the second consecutive pole of the season.Di Giannantonio showed an excellent feeling in the wet in the Fp3, in which he took the twelfth time in 1’46.362 with a gap of +0.244. Fabio faced the Q1 with determination but due to a fall at the start of the session and the traffic on track he almost reached access to the Q2, taking the twentieth position.First and seventh row of the starting grid for the Lightech Speed ​​Up team riders ahead of tomorrow’s Grand Prix de France race that will start at 12.20 pm.

JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 16th in 1’37.232
“We did complicated free practice sessions, with a lot of problems, especially yesterday when we couldn’t find the feeling to make a good time that allowed direct access to Q2. Today in the wet it was initially complicated, but the team did a really good job. We have figured out where to improve and in the end we managed to get to Q2 and reach pole. I’m really happy and confident for tomorrow”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 21st in 1’37.488
“The day had started well. The feeling with the bike was excellent with both wet and damp tracks, we felt ready and confident to make a great Q1 and pass in Q2. Too bad for the small crash at the beginning of Q1 and shame about not being able to get into Q2 where we could certainly do well considering that with the time of Q1 we could start in sixth position on the grid”.

LIGHTECH SPEED UP: FIRST FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS OF THE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE

The fifth round of the Moto2 season has startes today at the legendary Le Mans circuit. In the first day of free practices the Lightech Speed ​​Up team dedicated themselves to the development of the Speed ​​Up SF19T by testing different tyre solutions.After 35 laps made in the two sessions, Jorge Navarro took sixteenth place in the combined standing with a gap of +0.681 from the first. Front-end problems reduced the feeling with his bike, but with the data collected in the two sessions Navarro and his staff are ready to face tomorrow.Difficult first day also for Di Giannantonio, who placed 21st in French Friday. Fabio is working to improve his feeling with the bike.Both riders, currently out of the first fourteen places, will have to make the most of the morning session to gain access to Q2. A lot will depend on the weather conditions, the rain forecast for tomorrow could change everything.

JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 16th in 1’37.232
“It was a strange day because the feeling was not good since the first session. With the soft tyres it took me  a lot of effort especially with the front. When entering turns and accelerating, we have problems to solve. Certainly tomorrow, weather permitting, we will change the working plan using the hard tyre and if there is the possibility we will use the soft to make a good lap as it makes us faster. We are ready for tomorrow, it will be a much better day”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 21st in 1’37.488
“The day did not go as I expected. This morning we did a few laps during the first sessions, too few, even if the feeling was not bad at all. Instead in the afternoon, with the conditions slightly different from the morning, we made more effort due to lack of grip. We tried a harder tyre in front that I didn’t like very much. We are determined to do well this weekend and tomorrow we will do our best although the weather conditions are uncertain”.

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