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”.