Moto2: JiR interview with Simone Corsi

Spain GP - Interview with Simone Corsi With just a week to go before the next GP in Le Mans we speak once again with Simone Corsi, the young Italian rider in the JiR Moto2 Team who will tell us how the Spanish weekend in Jerez went. Simone, ...

Spain GP - Interview with Simone Corsi

With just a week to go before the next GP in Le Mans we speak once again with Simone Corsi, the young Italian rider in the JiR Moto2 Team who will tell us how the Spanish weekend in Jerez went.

Simone, again in Jerez another good race performance. It could have been better. During qualification we worked hard and we missed the pole-position by a few tenths of second, I started on the third row but only three-tenths from pole. The first start was good, I cut through the pack and I felt I could have got into a good rhythm, unfortunately the red flag upset everything. The second start was not so good, the bike wheelied a little and I had to control the situation, finally going into the first corner in 17th position. The bike was going fast and I was feeling good, so I did my job and lap-after-lap I re-joined the leading pack. I lost some time in fighting with Sergio Gadea as we re-passed each other and with only 17 laps available I couldn't get to the podium. It's a pity, but this doesn't cancel out the good job that has been done; the MotoBI was going really well and in these conditions I could have done more if I had more laps. The Championship is a long way from its conclusion and differences between bikes and riders are not so clear yet, so it is important to gain points after points in each race and keep on in development.

You said you felt good with the bike. How is it - and your - development going?

I'm learning a lot, lap-after-lap. The bike is completely different from what I was used to (125 cc) and the rider needs to adapt himself or her to be understood by the bike, but I like it because the machine allows sliding so it's very enjoyable for me.

People says these bikes still have some grip issues. Is it a matter of chassis or tyres?

These bikes are new for everybody: riders, technicians, Dunlop… everybody still needs to move development forward before being able to exploit them fully. Some slide more, some slide less, but everything changes from circuit-to-circuit and also from turn-to-turn! We still need to ride much more before being able to have fully comparable data.

Is it the same for the riders?

Yes, definitely. I'm feeling good, I have a very good team staff around me, which is the ideal to carry out a good job. What is really missing is time, because we still need to ride again-and-again to develop the feeling with the bike. I think it is the same for my competitors. In these two first GP's Shoya Tomizawa and Toni Elias showed to be fast and also consistent, which we need to worry about. But we are also conscious that the Championship is so new that there are lots of unknown and unpredictable issues that could happen, so we're all concentrating on doing our best job.

Next race is at Le Mans. What are you expecting from the French race? To be honest, each race is a surprise, so I don't really know what I can expect! What I'm sure about is that I have to improve my approach to qualifying because I need to start in the front rows, otherwise everything becomes hard, sometimes too hard.

-source: jir press office

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Toni Elias , Shoya Tomizawa , Simone Corsi