Belgian Xavier Simeon was satisfied with his weekend's work despite finishing the Grand Prix of Qatar down in 25th place.

After qualifying in 35th, the Tech 3 rider, backed by RTL Sport, showed impressive consistency as he moved up the order.

And speaking after the race, Simeon spoke about his enjoyment of the competition in Moto2.

“I had a good pace. I fought with Kenny Noyes throughout the race and we exchanged our positions at almost every corner! I lost some time coming on to the straight, but I recovered it in the first sector of the circuit. It was hot, the fight was intense but always correct”.

Simeon also paid tribute to his team in developing the bike through the weekend.

“We worked well with the mechanics between the warm up and the race. In particular, we hardened the suspension. So I was much more confident and generally I felt much better. I also improved my position on the bike thanks to advice from my teammate, Bradley Smith.”

The Belgian is also confident of a strong season going forward, after holding his own in Qatar.

“We have definitely progressed in the right direction. The result is honorable. There remains much work to do but I am confident. I had a lot to handle for the opening race and the pressure was pretty big. I showed that I had good pace though and there is also room for improvement.”

The second round of the Moto2 World Championship takes place at the Jerez Circuit in Spain, on April 1-3.