The last Portuguese event has just ended, marking the end of another incredible Moto2 World Championship despite the difficult challenges and the numerous sacrifices faced in this season. Beta Tools Speed ​​Up leaves the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve empty-handed with the crash of Fabio Di Giannantonio at the start of the race and that of Jorge Navarro on the sixth lap.

A very positive start to the weekend for Fabio who demonstrated from the first laps of the FP1 and on the first row in qualifying to be among the strongest. Finally, he could have ended with an exciting fight for the podium, but the bad crash immediately after the start ended Fabio’s last race with the Beta Tools Speed ​​Up team early.

Team-mate Navarro also wanted more from Portimão, but while trying to catch up with the front group he made contact with another rider and crashed at turn 5 on lap six.

FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – DNF                                    

“What can I say, a great disappointment because I wanted to finish the season and leave this team a great result today. I am no happy at all because our goal today was definitely to fight for the podium. I would like to thank Luca for giving me the opportunity to make my debut and reach the first goals in Moto2 and the whole team who, especially this year, did a great job to recover after a difficult start to the season. I would like to thank everyone a little in general, I was really good, the sponsors all because without them nothing is possible. Thanks a lot, to everyone!”.


“The most difficult season of my career. Today I crashed while I was fighting with another rider to reach the front group although I had a good feeling with the bike. I don’t have much to say, except that this winter I will work hard with my team analyzing the points to improve. I want to thank all the guys for their hard work because it was hard for me but also for them. We will come back stronger next year”.


Fantastic front row of Fabio Di Giannantonio who closed the qualifying of the Portuguese Grand Prix in third position. Jorge Navarro fourteenth, will start from the fifth row of the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve starting grid.

The day on track started with positive indications that saw Diggia and Jorge taking advantage of the FP3 making changes to the setup and long runs in preparation for the race. The two teams closed the three free practice sessions with the eleventh (Diggia 1’43.356) and the twelfth time (Jorge 1’43.358), both gaining direct access to Q2.

Fabio, thanks to an excellent feeling with his Speed ​​Up bike, in qualifying constantly proved to be fast and competitive until the last lap where he set the third time lap of the day in 1’42.721 just +0.129 from the first.

Navarro’s day was more complicated as he did not find the same feeling as yesterday during the third practice session in the morning. A few small changes before qualifying allow Jorge to be more incisive in the first part of the session where he took the lap time of 1’43.036, which earned him the fourteenth spot on the Portuguese grid.

FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 2nd in 1’42.721                    

“We are back in the front row! Fantastic! Today in qualifying I was really strong. We made a small change compared to this morning which helped me a lot because the feeling in qualifying was incredible, I felt really good. I was very fast, it’s a pity that on my best lap, three tenths from the pole, I pushed a bit much and my steering closed, otherwise the result would certainly have been another. However with that lap I improved my time, so I’m happy because I’m still up front and we’ll try again tomorrow”.

JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 14th in 1’43.036

“Quite complicated qualifying. Today was more difficult than usual on track, I didn’t have the same feelings as yesterday. We didn’t find the fastest lap we expected to do, and even though I almost did my ideal lap, it didn’t help me to do better than the fourteenth time. We must therefore analyse well and take a step tomorrow to have a good race”.


The last round of the Moto2 World Championship got underway today at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimão.

First positive day for Beta Tools Speed ​​Up which closed on Portuguese Friday with seventh time of Jorge Navarro and eighth of Fabio Di Giannantonio at +0.417 and +0.440 from the first of the ranking.

Jorge and Diggia faced the spectacular Algarve track for the first time with its bumps, ups and downs and long turns, both proving to be competitive from day one.

Di Giannantonio in fact closed FP1 with the second time in 1’43.750 just +0.010 from the top of the standings. In the second session, team 21 preferred to operate in race configuration and found a very good pace; p8 for Diggia at the end of the day.

The JN9 team closed the early morning practice in twenty-third position. The progress comes in the afternoon when Jorge and the technicians, working on the driving and setup of the bike, improved the time lap by lap reaching the seventh position with the last run in 1’43.358.

JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 7th in 1’43.358

“This track is incredible! Today we worked with a smile on our face because it is really fun to ride here for the different ups and downs it presents. We improved little by little, both the feeling and the driving, and in the end we ended the first day with good sensations. We will now analyse the data to understand the next steps to take”.

FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 8th in 1’43.381                      

“What a track! Lost in love with this track! I think it is by far the most beautiful in the world. We were strong in both sessions today. In the afternoon we worked on the race pace and I’m happy because we are fast. I can’t wait to get back on track tomorrow; I want to use every possible second to enjoy it because it is truly spectacular!”.


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