Good start for Simon in Italian sunshine
After an opening to the season dominated by Spaniards, the Italian contingent initiated their fightback in Moto2 today at their home circuit. Alex de Angelis set the pace but Sergio Gadea and Julian Simón broke up the local hegemony with late charges to the second and third fastest times respectively at a circuit where the gaps between the riders have been much more significant than at other circuits.
The nature of the circuit means that the rider has to make the difference and Mapfre Aspar pair Julián Simón and Mike Di Meglio were able to do just that. The pair worked tirelessly on adjusting their set-up throughout the hour-long session before making a late assault on the top of the time sheets, clocking their best laps on the final and penultimate lap respectively. Only traffic in the final sector prevented the Spaniard from ending the day with the fastest time, with the Frenchman making the most of a tow from his compatriot Jules Cluzel to finish ninth.
3rd Julián Simón 1.56.715 (18 laps): “Today we found it difficult to find the right gearbox setting for this track and as I said yesterday this circuit is very demanding. After a lot of hard work we found more or less what we were looking for and I was able to set some fast laps at the end of the session. We have to be on our game from the start tomorrow to make sure we continue to improve. You have to be very focused here at Mugello otherwise you can get lost making a ton of pointless changes. I’m satisfied to be amongst the top three in the first session and I’m sure Moto2 will continue to be the closest class, as in the last three races. We have to make sure we’re on the pace tomorrow because we have already seen that a bad grid position is a massive handicap in this class.”