Simon disappointed to just miss out on top ten result at Assen but happy with step forward
Mixed feelings in the Italtrans garage. Julian Simon collected points for the second race in a row and concluded the race of the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen close to a position inside the top ten, showing clear signs of progression. On the other hand his teammate Takaaki Nakagami has experienced his worst day since the GP of Japan in 2011 where he crashed and broke his scapula. On Sunday he crashed during the warmup session and broke his left collarbone.
Julian Simon (40’08”195 – 11th) “To be honest, our target was a better position, and I had the pace, I must say. Unfortunately, I lost quite a lot of time because of a rider that slowed me down. Then, I hadn’t time enough to get a better result. The bike was good, apart from a lack of acceleration out of the hairpin. We are improving, bit by bit. I believe we can say we leave Assen having done a step ahead”.
Pierluigi Aldrovandi (Simon race engineer) “Julian did a good fight, and I agree with him – we are improving, this is the way, and we have to continue like this. Our target was a position inside the top ten, and we almost got it”.
Luigi Pansera (Team Manager) “In such a difficult day, Julian provided us with a smile, as he has been able of a good race, with a fighting attitude – which has always been one of his qualities”.
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