Diggia crashes one step away from winning the Valencia GP, crash also for Navarro
Bitter Sunday for the MB Conveyors Speed Up team that leaves Valencia with the double crash of its riders Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Navarro.
Superb race for Fabio, managed well, very well, up to the damned turn nine of the last lap where he crashed one step away from victory. Excellent start, from p4 to p3, and after a few laps Fabio was second behind Bezzecchi. The number 21 maintained his position until the penultimate lap, then took the lead and just when the ending seems written, he crashed to the ground a few turns from the finish.
From fifteenth position on the grid Jorge Navarro got off to a good start, recovering positions from the first lap. Despite the ups and downs of the weekend, Jorge seemed to have found the feeling with his Speed Up. After some overtaking, he reached p7 and prepared to move forward. Unfortunately, he lost control of the bike and crashed at turn 1 of lap eighteenth.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO:
“A superb performance up to 2 km from the end. I got a good start, I immediately tried to stay close to Bezzecchi until a few laps from the end when I decided to attack, I felt I was going faster. I passed it on the penultimate lap and was hoping to create a small gap so as to confirm myself to the finish, but at turn 6 the bike closed in front of me. We looked at the data and it is strange to us that we crashed because the maneuver was the same as in the previous lap. A shame because we were so close to victory. It’s part of the learning and growing process, so that’s okay. Head up always, we try again in Portimão!”
“I’m very sorry, we were having a great comeback race. I saw the leading group getting closer to me and I didn’t want to waste too much time behind Marini because I had already been behind him for two laps. When I got to turn 1, his early braking took me by surprise and trying to avoid it I changed lines and when the rear grip returned I crashed. A pity, but at least we are back to having a good pace and being strong. We are going to Portugal determined to end this season in the best possible way!”