Reale Avintia Racing Ducati #10 Belgian
Xavier Siméon, born in Brussels on 31st August 1989 is a Grand Prix motorcycle racer from Belgium and winner of the 2009 FIM Superstock 1000 Championship and the 2006 European Superstock 600 Championship.
Siméon raced in the 2010 season in Moto2 for the HolidayGym team. Best result an eighth at Silverstone, Britain. He made some impressive races gaining him a contract in Moto2™ with the Tech 3 team in 2011.scoring only ten points and finishing 30th in the Championship.
Continuing in 2012 with Tech 3 Racing in Moto2. His best finish was eighth at Sachsenring, Germany. He took five 13th places and retired six times. Scoring 23 points and being 21st in the Championship.
2013 saw him signed up by the SAG Team racing a Kalex. At the French Grand Prix Siméon became the first Belgian rider since Didier de Radiguès in 1990 to take a podium finish when he finished third behind Scott Redding and Mika Kallio. Siméon then took pole position for the German Grand Prix, the first Belgian since de Radiguès in 1989. He was fourth in Motegi, Japan and sixth in Jerez, Spain. Again Siméon failed to finish six times for one reason or another. He managed 90 points finishing 12th in the Championship a big improvement.
In 2014 he moved to Federal Oil Gresini Racing Team to ride the Suter Moto2.
He took a great second in Argentina, a fifth in Valencia, Spain and seventh in Jerez, Spain. Again too many non-finishes spoilt an improving season. Siméon failed to finish six times for one reason or another. He managed only 63 points dropping to 14th in the Championship.
The 2015, continuing with the Gresini team racing a Kalex, he took second in the opening race in Qatar. Siméon took his first victory at the Sachsenring, in Germany. Thus becoming only the third Belgian rider to win a motorcycle Grand Prix, with de Radiguès and Julien Vanzeebroeck. He came a good second in Qatar and a fifth in Jerez, Spain. Nine top ten finishes saw a much more consistent season. Alas again non-finishes spoilt a much improved season. Siméon failed to finish six times for one reason or another. He scored 113 points to get 7th in the Championship.
For 2016 he changed to the QMMF Racing Team, racing in Moto2 on a Speed Up.
Maybe the Speed Up chassis didn’t suit him as much as his best race was an eight in COTA Texas, USA, with two tenth places and four elevenths, made for a disappointing season. Siméon failed to finish four times. He scored a mere 46 points to finish a lowly 17th in the Championship.
In 2017, Siméon rode for Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 swapping back to a Kalex Moto2 machine. His best results were a fifth in Italy and seventh in Assen, Netherlands. Siméon again failed to finish six times for one reason or another and didn’t start in three races. He only could manage 16 points and dropped to 23rd in the Championship.
In 2018 he has moved up to MotoGP for Reale Avintia Ducati Racing Team. Some ask how he managed to get his ride in MotoGP based on his last two years results. I do not know either!
- Roland Potter