No points for Simon in Austin after struggling with a multitude of bike problems
Julian Simon had a hard time in qualifying, but was 8th fastest in the warmup, making him confident that most, if not all, of the problems had been solved ahead of the race.
But unfortunately during the race Simon was forced to slow down due to a tyre which dropped the performance quickly and rather erratic, eventually taking 20th place.
Julian Simon (42’47”377 – 20°) “Really a bad day. After six, seven laps I experienced strong chattering and even a normal pace was difficult to keep. And in the last corner I struggled, so I paid for it in all the following straight. Collecting points was out of our reach – we are evaluating all the possible reasons to understand what happened and why.”
Pierluigi Aldrovandi (Race Engineer for Julian Simon)
“A few problems were expected, but not so big, and not such erosion of the rear tire. Julian told us that he had chattering also on the straight, but in spite of a situation that was really difficult to manage he went on and was able to finish the race. We are really sorry, also because a good result would have provided him with much needed confidence”.
Source: AGP Racing Press Release