Xavier Simeon is confident of challenging for points in tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix after qualifying 23rd in a chaotic session on Saturday. Rain midway through the session turned it into a lottery with the riders all surging onto the track in the final seconds, and Belgian managed to set a 1:36.354 on his last lap.
With Marc Marquez demoted to the back of the grid, Simeon will start 22nd and feels optimistic ahead of the race, whatever the weather.
“It was a strange qualifying session as it started with slight rain, then after a few laps it was dry again and then another few laps later it rained again. It was not easy to adjust. We had to wait about 10 minutes until we had dry conditions once again, but then it started to drizzle a bit stronger. And after another 10 minutes it started to dry off another time. But I already had decided to try the wet tyres as it could rain also tomorrow, but after a few laps it was dry again. So I decided to enter the box again and we changed to the dry tyres but with the set up for the rain and after a few laps the bike was already better than all the weekend so far. For us it was good we had the chance to try out the rain settings. The target for tomorrow is a Top 15 result.”