Xavier Simeon produced a battling performance to secure 13th place at Indianapolis but is already looking forward to bettering that result at Misano next weekend. The Belgian came through from 24th on the grid to claim his third points finish of the season, picking off some big names along the way, and is now chasing another strong result in a weeks' time.
“I think I had a good start, but I am still not 100% satisfied. It is very difficult to overtake on this track and I lost some time behind other slower riders at the start. That is a pity as I think I could have caught the Top 10. After I was behind (Jules) Cluzel I lost time as he was slower than I was, but I could not pass him. Then I found my rhythm and I was able to pass and catch (Thomas) LÃ¼thi and (Alex) De Angelis, but when Cluzel passed me back I was losing time again. But still I am happy with my 13th place. My target was to get some points and I was able to do that. Now my goal is to do another step forward and get a better result in Misano.”
Tech 3 Team Manager Herve Poncharal was pleased to see Simeon perform so well given his lowly grid slot and is hopeful he can repeat his impressive display in San Marino.
“I am very happy for Xavier. I think although the qualifying was not really easy for him he never gave up and made the best out of his starting position. The bike is working well here and the package of Xavier and the Mistral 610 is a fast combination. Top 10 was a possibility, but 13th means he got some points and I hope it will give him another boost and he can top that in Misano once again. All the top management from RTL, who are helping the Tech3 B Team a lot, are coming and it would be nice to show them what Xavier can do with the Mistral 610 bike.”