RACE: DIGGIA CRASHES ONE STEP AWAY FROM WINNING THE VALENCIA GRAND PRIX
Bitter Sunday for the MB Conveyors Speed Up team that leaves Valencia with the double crash of its riders Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Navarro.
Superb race for Fabio, managed well, very well, up to the damned turn nine of the last lap where he crashed one step away from victory. Excellent start, from p4 to p3, and after a few laps Fabio was second behind Bezzecchi. The number 21 maintained his position until the penultimate lap, then took the lead and just when the ending seems written, he crashed to the ground a few turns from the finish.
From fifteenth position on the grid Jorge Navarro got off to a good start, recovering positions from the first lap. Despite the ups and downs of the weekend, Jorge seemed to have found the feeling with his Speed Up. After some overtaking, he reached p7 and prepared to move forward. Unfortunately, he lost control of the bike and crashed at turn 1 of lap eighteenth.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – DNF
“A superb performance up to 2 km from the end. I got a good start, I immediately tried to stay close to Bezzecchi until a few laps from the end when I decided to attack, I felt I was going faster. I passed it on the penultimate lap and was hoping to create a small gap so as to confirm myself to the finish, but at turn 6 the bike closed in front of me. We looked at the data and it is strange to us that we crashed because the maneuver was the same as in the previous lap. A shame because we were so close to victory. It’s part of the learning and growing process, so that’s okay. Head up always, we try again in Portimão!”.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – DNF
“I’m very sorry, we were having a great comeback race. I saw the leading group getting closer to me and I didn’t want to waste too much time behind Marini because I had already been behind him for two laps. When I got to turn 1, his early braking took me by surprise and trying to avoid it I changed lines and when the rear grip returned I crashed. A pity, but at least we are back to having a good pace and being strong. We are going to Portugal determined to end this season in the best possible way!”.
QUALIFYING: SECOND AND FIFTH ROW FOR DIGGIA AND NAVARRO IN THE GRAND PRIX OF VALENCIA
At the Ricardo Tormo circuit, the MB Conveyors Speed Up team concluded the Valencia Grand prix qualifying with the fourth position of Fabio Di Giannantonio and the fifteenth place of Jorge Navarro.
Fabio confirmed his speed and competitiveness also on the second day of the second to last racing weekend. At the end of the third free practice session, team 21 got direct access to Q2 with the fourth time of the combined in 1’34.788. Diggia started qualifying on the right foot, lowering the times at each lap until the end of the session when with the last lap he marked his best of the day: 1’34.524 just +0.106 from the first.
Second more complicated day for the JN9 team which wasn’t able to improve the feeling of its Speed Up bike during the two sessions. Jorge managed to enter Q2 thanks to the excellent time obtained in FP1, the sixth in the combined standings and with the fifteenth place he finished qualifying by taking the fifth row of tomorrow’s starting grid.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 4th in 1’34.524
“I am quite happy with today’s qualifying. I am actually a little bit upset because I wanted to take the pole. We tried to the end, we almost did it. I’m happy anyway because we are going very fast and despite the track conditions not being at the top we were fast. I have a great pace; I always rode alone so far and I feel good. Tomorrow we start there in front, we can have a pretty good race!”.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 15th in 1’34.949
“Complicated day. In Fp3 we continued yesterday’s work trying various changes, but which we did not take into consideration for qualifying, returning instead to yesterday morning base. To be honest, I don’t know if it was the best choice because in qualifying the feeling was not the same, perhaps we suffered more due to the change in track conditions. With the data collected we must try to understand how to improve in order to face tomorrow’s race as competitive as possible”.
FREE PRACTICE: MB CONVEYORS SPEED UP SHINES IN FREE PRACTICE IN VALENCIA
For the second weekend running, the MB Converyors Speed Up riders took to the track at the Ricardo Tormo circuit kicking off the Grand Prix de la Comunitat Valenciana.
A strong day for Jorge and Diggia who closed the Valencian Friday in first and third place.
Navarro finished the morning FP1 at the top with a 1’34.855 lap, which he scored after only eight laps on track. Consistently strong during FP2, Jorge finished the session in seventh place after trying some changes to his set up, but with the morning excellent lap the Spaniard keeps the lead of the combined standings.
Team-mate Di Giannantonio also had a very god opening day of the Valencia GP, finishing in third place just +0.038 shy of Jorge with a 1’34.893 lap scored in the afternoon FP2. Also for Fabio two top sessions in which he took fast laps and good pace.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 1st in 1’34.855
“A positive day, satisfied with this first place in the Friday combined sessions. We worked well, and compared to last weekend we started with a bike that suits my needs much more. During the two sessions we made small changes to improve our base and so we understood in which direction we must continue to work to be prepared for the race”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 3rd in 1’34.893
“Nice first day here in Valencia! We had a strong start this morning and then in the afternoon it was a bit strange because there was less grip and we weren’t able to lower the times. Although the p1 in the afternoon we finished the first day in p3. I’m happy because I feel good, strong, the bike works well and so I’m ready for tomorrow. We can certainly do well; the goal is to be in the first two rows and why not in the first!”.