The twisty layout of the Sachsenring circuit hosted today the first two free practice sessions of the German Grand Prix, round nine of the 2014 Moto2 World Championship: aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter machine, Xavier Siméon finished the day in 13th place with a time of 1’25”988, obtained in the morning session.

Siméon was only 0.6 seconds off the pace and he showed a good pace: the Belgian rider is therefore optimistic ahead of the qualifying scheduled for tomorrow and he’s satisfied with the behaviour of his bike with the hard Dunlop tyres.

Lorenzo Baldassarri, Team Gresini Moto2, started the day in an extremely positive way, being immediately fast at the beginning of the morning session; however, in the afternoon the young Italian rider was slowed down by a crash at Turn 4 and therefore he was not able to improve his lap time, finishing in 16th place with a time of 1’26”179.

XAVIER SIMEON (13th – 1’25″988)
“I’m happy because today we were able to make better use of the hard tyres: during the previous races in which we used this kind of tyre we have been in trouble, but here we can better exploit their potential. We have some small problems, but not as big as in the past. We have identified a good way to go to make the tyres work well, so tomorrow we will try to get a good position on the grid in during qualifying, even though it will be a tough challenge. We have a good potential and good opportunities to be protagonists in the race”.

LORENZO BALDASSARRI (16th – 1’26″179)
“This morning went good because I was immediately fast, while in the afternoon I had a crash wich made me losing time: I was starting to push with a new tyre when unfortunately I lost grip at the right-hand Turn 4. I managed to rejoin the track and I repeated my best lap time of the afternoon, but the fall ruined us almost all the session. Too bad. Anyway, we are fast and we also have a good pace: I can do very good laps by myself, so I’m confident ahead of tomorrow”.

“We can be satisfied with this first day of practice: Siméon showed a good pace and this makes us optimistic. In addition, regardless of the final position, the gap between Xavier and the fastest riders is not too big: if we continue to work well I think we can get a good position on the grid in tomorrow’s qualifying, a very important aspect on this track. The situation is more or less the same for Baldassarri, who was slowed down by a crash in the afternoon session, but he was already very strong this morning in the first free practice session. Tomorrow will be a very important day in which we can have our say”.

Credit: Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter

Credit: Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter

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