Xavier Simeon is confident of a strong performance in tomorrow's TT Assen, regardless of the weather conditions, after qualifying 14th.
The Dutch weather has been changing throughout the weekend with rain playing a major part in the weekend's programme. Friday afternoon's qualifying session was no different with the heavens opening just over 15 minutes into the session and effectively ending proceedings.
Despite his best qualifying result of the year, Simeon was slightly disappointed, believing he could have finished higher had there been more dry running.
“I had a good start into the Qualifying today, but I was not where I wanted to be. When I was told from my pit board I should enter the pit lane I thought, 'No, I can be faster than this now’, and I decided to go for another lap and set my fastest lap time. I was more concentrated than before in this lap and could improve my time. I would have liked to have more dry practice time to see what I could do more, as I know I could have been better. But also 14th starting position is my best Qualifying result this season so far, so it was not bad. More important is the result of tomorrow though. We have to keep that concentration and make a good race.”
The Belgian is short of running in wet conditions after a crash in yesterday's only practice session but is still sure of a good race if those conditions are replicated tomorrow.
“The weather is so unpredictable that you never really know what is going to happen. I had only two laps in yesterday’s only session before I crashed out, so I will see what happens tomorrow. I am fine with a dry or wet race though.”
The Moto2 race is the second on tomorrow's schedule and will get underway at 12:15pm UK time.