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Simeon: ‘The team and I deserved this podium’

Simeon: ‘The team and I deserved this podium’

Xavier Simeon was thrilled to have finished on the Moto2™ rostrum at Le Mans on Sunday, marking his career-first podium which the 23-year-old dedicated to the Desguaces La Torre Maptaq team.

From fifth on the grid, the Belgian ran in the top three for the majority of the race following crashes for Tuenti HP 40 pairing Pol Espargaro and Esteve Rabat as well as Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami. He overhauled Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio for second position with four laps to go, but was demoted to third when the stoppage of the race saw the result declared at the end of the 22nd lap.

"I’m very happy," Simeon, who hails from Brussels and debuted on the World Championship scene for the first Moto2™ season of 2010, told in a video interview. "Since the beginning of the year we’ve had good potential, but in Qatar and Austin it was difficult to show it. In Jerez we began to understand the settings and be more in front and this weekend we’ve been fighting for top positions all weekend-long. In the race I was less nervous than usual because I think when know you’re at the front it’s maybe easier."

He was naturally disappointed to have been dropped back to third place when the red flags flew, but this did not dampen the mood within the squad.

"I’m very happy for the team," Simeon began to conclude. "They deserve this result because they and I have had two very difficult years. I’m very happy and I hope it’s not the last one. Being on the podium every race is difficult, but we will try."

Having finished tenth, 13th and sixth in the preceding Grands Prix of Qatar, Americas and Spain, Simeon’s French haul of 16 points lifts him to a total of 35. He now sits seventh in the Riders’ Championship as the series moves on to Mugello in Italy.

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