Xavier Simeon is already looking ahead to next weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix after a disappointing day at Phillip Island. The Belgian lost ground early on as the typically fierce Moto2 action caught him out before a crash on lap 14 ended his race for good. Simeon admitted to struggling all weekend and hopes to recapture his best form at Sepang.
“The beginning of the race was very difficult for me as I could not heat up the tyres. I was losing the front and the rear and I could have crashed a lot of times. I tried to pass one of the riders in front of me, but he passed me back and pushed me out of the track. I managed to come back, but after another two laps I also made a mistake myself. This weekend was really difficult, but this morning I felt some improvements and I was hoping I can find the best rhythm of the weekend during the race, but that did not happen. It is a pity to have a weekend like this after the strong weekend I had in Motegi. I want to move on to Malaysia now and try to learn the track faster than I did here.”
Tech 3 team manager Herve Poncharal admitted he was expecting more from Simeon this weekend but is backing him to improve in the final two races.
“Xavier had another difficult weekend as he had to learn this track and this one is really difficult, especially with the changing conditions we had this weekend. I was expecting something better to be honest after the strong show he had given us in Motegi. Also without the crash during the race today he was never in the position to finish in the points regarding to how the weekend went. I hope he took a lot of experience with him from this race and I hope he can recharge his batteries now and get ready for another difficult race in Malaysia, as it is a new track for him as well. But it is a learning year also for Xavier and I hope he can take some more points during the last two races with him and this experience to 2012.”