A bitter-sweet weekend for the JiR Moto2 Team in France It was sweet for Simone Corsi who managed to capitalize on the second-row start position he got in qualifying to secure an excellent result, gaining the third and final place on the podium.
A bitter-sweet weekend for the JiR Moto2 Team in France
It was sweet for Simone Corsi who managed to capitalize on the second-row start position he got in qualifying to secure an excellent result, gaining the third and final place on the podium. After a steady start due to the need to preserve his tyres the JiR Team rider suddenly came up to the leading pack thanks to lap times identical to the leaders. He resisted Andrea Iannone's attacks managing to conserve his tyres for the end of the race to achieve the first podium of the year for him and the team.
The podium rewards Corsi's hard work during testing and practice, as he increased his feeling with the bike, will small but effective fine-tuning to the overall set-up and constant progress.
Simone Corsi: "I'm extremely happy with this result. We're doing a very good job, I have a good relationship with the team and I'm finding the right feeling with the bike while pushing hard and being fast. Each time I jump on the bike I learn that little bit more that lets me get faster and faster. The Championship is still a long way away: we need to collect points after points and this podium gives us a strong base for the future."
Today's third place in the race means he also takes the third place in the World Championship, which again rewards the continuous improvements made by Simone.
A more bitter result was the weekend endured by Mattia Pasini, who had to withdraw on the 7th lap following one of the many crashes that characterized the beginning of the race, in his case with the former championship leader Shoya Tomizawa. Until that moment Mattia was making a good recovery from 31st on the grid.
Mattia Pasini: "The crash was a real pity. I was coping well with the difficulties I had in practice and I wanted to reach the objectives we had for the GP, which was to get more time on the bike and improve my feeling with it to help with set-up in the future. Already in practice, however, we made some good steps forward. However, with such a crowded grid these incidents are to be expected. This is good for the show and the fans, but pretty hard for us."