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Simeon & Simon ready to attack in Italian Grand Prix

Tribune News Network


Xavier Simeon and Julian Simon are ready to attack and battle their way towards the front at the Italian Grand Prix in Scarperia on Sunday. In a tough and hard-fought Moto2 qualifying session, the QMMF Racing Team riders made it to 19th and 20th places, but even though they are not satisfied with their grid positions, both riders are happy with the set-up of their Speed Up bikes.

Since they were only seven tenths of a second slower than Sam Lowes on pole position, Simeon and Simon believe in their chances to fight for a top result well within the point rankings.

Simeon, whose 1:52.743 fetched him 19th place, said,"This category is incredible. I think we didn't make a bad lap time, we went in fact quite fast and we improved quite a lot since this morning. We finished the day just 0.7 seconds from pole position, but we are down in 19th place! The gap is very small, but of course we can't be satisfied with our position on the grid.

"My bike is not bad in terms of agility, but I lose a lot of time on the main straight. Even when I have slipstream, I am not fast enough. Maybe this made the difference for our position in qualifying. In the race, I will try to come back and to battle for a top ten position again. It's difficult to overtake on this track, so I will try to focus on a good start and to be consistent with my lap times," he added.

Simon said after getting 20th spot with 1:52,754,"I am happy with my rhythm and I'm happy with my time. I tried to do a good lap at the beginning and I set my time in only the third lap. In the end I couldn't improve further, but I have a very good feeling for tomorrow. I think it will be possible to make a good race, because the gap to the top guys is very small.

"The most important thing will be full concentration for the best possible start and for a string of fast opening laps. I want to thank the team for a job well done this weekend. We are ready to race," Simon added.


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