Good race pace for Simeon – Simon hopes for turnaround in Qatar

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QMMF Racing Team’s new entry Xavier Simeon finished the official three-day-test at Jerez on a high note. The 26-year-old from Belgium further improved his race pace, with a good level of grip and a good feeling for his Speed Up bike even with worn-out tyres. He now looks forward to the challenges of the Losail track in Qatar, where more testing will take place in the lead-up to the first Grand Prix of the 2016 season on March 20th.

Team-mate Julian Simon continued his search for the best possible set-up solutions, but never got to the point where he was able to push to the absolute maximum. However, the 28-year-old Spaniard and his technicians learned a lot over the three days at Jerez and are confident to extract a solid set-up base for the Losail track, where Simon will give his very best to get closer to the front and to battle for a good result.

 

Xavier Simeon – 16th in 1.43,116

 

“Today went quite well, we improved the pace of the bike and my feeling was much better. The only thing that I am a little disappointed about is the fact that I couldn’t go faster when we mounted new tyres, because I wanted to leave these tests with a better lap time. Anyway for the rest I am quite happy, we had a strong pace and I managed to do fast times even with very used tyres, which is really positive. Now I hope we can get the same level of grip and the same good feeling in Qatar. We did quite a lot of testing here at Jerez and also two days at Valencia, and we achieved a lot. Losail is a new track for me with this bike and I hope we can be fast and consistent like we were here!”

 

Julian Simon – 24th in 1.43,731

 

“The official three-day test here at Jerez is over and now I really look forward to the first race in Qatar, where I want to arrive well rested and well prepared physically. These three days were tough, we tried many things and never really got the feeling with the bike that we were looking for. Sometimes we had problems with the front end of the bike, at other times we suffered with the rear. The team never stopped working as I never stopped trying as hard as I could on the track, but we maintained a rhythm that was a bit too far away from the top. Now we have to wait and see if we can find the right set-up for the Losail track on the base of what we learned here, so we can fight and close in on the guys at the front. We did a lot of kilometers here at Jerez, which is good in itself, and as I said, it’s now a matter of re-charging the batteries and arriving in Qatar in the best possible shape. I want to thank the team for all their efforts and I will give my maximum to reward them at the home Grand Prix of QMMF!”

 

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