Simeon Expecting Difficult Race From Eleventh Row

Xavier Simeon believes tomorrow's Czech Republic Grand Prix will be his most difficult so far this year after qualifying all the way down in 33rd position. The Belgian youngster struggled with chattering problems on the Mistral 610 and set-up changes prior to qualifying failed to improve matters.

 “Since the beginning of the weekend it has been really difficult for me”, he commented. “I have some problems that I haven’t experienced as intense as now this year and it is difficult to solve them. I have a lot of chattering and some problems in turning the bike. And especially on this track you need the speed in the corner and you need to turn the bike very well to gain some time. We tried some settings in the qualifying to see if we can improve my feeling, but unfortunately it was not better.”

Simeon admits he is a long way short of where he wants to be and expects another tough day at the office tomorrow.

“My rhythm here is not so bad, but also not very good I have to say. I need to find four or five tenths of a second to be able to finish within the points tomorrow. Maybe it will be my most difficult race so far this season. I don’t know why, but this weekend we really struggle with the set up with which I was quite happy before the summer break. If we have a dry warm up tomorrow we can test another set up and see if I can get some tenths, as like this it is very difficult to get a good result.”