GRAN PREMIO VALENCIA: NAVARRO UNRESTRAINED STEPS ONTO THE PODIUM EVEN IN VALENCIA AND CLOSES THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN FOURTH POSITION, DI GIANNANTONIO WINSTHE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TITLE.
From Valencia, that’s all. The last Spanish stage that marks the end of the Moto2 World Championship has just ended. The MB Conveyors Speed Up team wanted to make a mark and succeeded. Uncontainable Navarro, who played at home and cleverly conquered the pole position. In the race, he held third place lap after lap, and when in the end he was overtaken by Manzi, he just didn’t fit and pushed it all until he regained the third position and the podium. Fabio Diggia is also gritty. In the race he danced from eighth to 10th position, resisted and closed ninth among the applause of the public. For the SpeedUp team it is time to sum up a very positive and determined season, closed in third place with 259 points in the constructors’ classification and fifth with 334 points in the team standings. Jorge Navarro closed fourth the 2019 moto2 championship standings with 226 points, with 8 podiums, 4 second places (Gp Spain; Gp France; British Gp; Gp Aragon) 4 third places (Gp Americas; Gp Catalunya; Gp Austria; Gp Valencia) and 4 pole positions (Gp Spain; Gp France; Gp Australia; Gp Valencia). Fabio Di Giannantonio instead, closed his debut year ninth in the standings with 108 points, with 2 podiums in second place (Gp Czech Republic; GP San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini) and 1 pole position (Gp San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini). For him, well deserved, also comes the award of Rookie of the Year 2019.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 3rd
“A difficult race today, but we are satisfied and happy to finish this 2019 with another podium, especially here at home. This morning in the warm up we had finalized those details that we missed yesterday and the feeling was great, I felt good over the bike and already in my head I knew we could have fought for the victory. In the race, however, the conditions changed, there was wind and I suffered problems at the front when I turned, the feeling changed and I couldn’t push more. However very very happy and I want to thank the team for the trust in me this season and for the great work we have done together, from pole positions to podiums all. It has been an incredible year and I hope the next one can be even better! “.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 9th ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!
“Amazing day, I am Rookie of the year! Today in the race I didn’t push that much because I knew it would have been enough to control the positions of Bastianini and Martin to be Rookie and so it was a race under management, however, in Top10 with a good performance. Very happy! Thanks to all the guys in the team, to all my team and to the sponsors for this first step done together this year. Daje!”.
GRAN PREMIO DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA: ANOTHER POLE FOR NAVARRO, DIGGIA IN SECOND ROW
At the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, at his 100th career GP, Jorge Navarro took the top of the qualifying and marked the fourth pole position of the season with his Speed Up in 1’34.461. Di Giannantonio will start from the second row with the sixth time in 1’34.704.
The Valencian ended FP3 in the morning with the eighth fastest time at +0.523 from the first, with a good pace and Jorge trusted in the work of his technicians in view of the qualifying session. In the fifteen minutes available, Jorge put all his determination finding the pole position in the home Grand Prix.
Incredible Fabio’s second place in the combined free practices. With the time of 1’34.677 the rookie showed to be fast with a good pace. Di Giannantonio started qualifying immediately giving the maximum, but an error on the fourth lap ended his QP early and with the chrono he took on the third lap he was able able to grab the second row of the starting grid for tomorrow’s race.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 1st in 1’34.461
“Super happy about the pole here at home. We are working very well this weekend but we lacked something we could find before qualifying. It took me a few laps to get well with the changes I made before getting back on track, but once I found the right pace, I managed to get a good time. Now with the team we will analyze the data well to see if we can still improve, but with the pace we have tomorrow we can fight for victory”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 6th in 1’34.704
“I am happy today, because at the end of this morning we took another big step forward. Too bad this afternoon because I started really strong and I thought I could lower the time a lot. I made a small mistake that I paid, I’m sorry. However positive and aware of being able to do well tomorrow. We still have the warm-up to fine-tune the last things and then we can fight”.
GRAN PREMIO DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA: DIGGIA THIRD AND NAVARRO SEVENTH IN FRIDAY PRACTICES
The last round of the Moto2 World Championship got underway today at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Cheste, Valencia.
A very positive first day for the MB Conveyors team that closed Friday practices with Fabio Di Giannantonio’s third and Jorge Navarro’s seventh at +0.671 and +0.774 from the top of the ranking.
Both riders demonstrated from the first morning practice to be competitive also on this circuit. Di Giannantonio in fact closed FP1 with the fifth fastest time in 1’35.917 to only +0.218 from the top and with the eighth time concluded Navarro at +0.415 in 1’36.114.
In the second session was instead performed with the classic long runs and the test of the different tyres, achieving good results in both MB Conveyors Speed Up teams.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21 – 3rd in 1’35.293
“This is certainly an excellent day after the last few weekends that have not been too positive. I have been fast since the morning and with the bike I immediately found myself very well. We still have several points to improve, especially on the grip we lack at the rear, but all in all we did a great job today so let’s see how it goes tomorrow, we can take another step forward the important thing is to stay focused and try to get closer to Binder who seems have a great feeling”.
JORGE NAVARRO #9 – 7th in 1’35.396
“Very positive this first day. I found myself well with the bike from the first free practice session and then in the afternoon we made some changes with which we were able to improve the feeling. In the second round we also focused on the rhythm, working ahead of the race, getting excellent feeling even with used tyre. Tomorrow we will focus on some small details to improve before qualifying, we are ready to give our best”.