M2: Catalunyan GP: Marc VDS qualifying report

FOURTH ROW START FOR REDDING AND FAUBEL Marc VDS Racing Team riders, Scott Redding and Hector Faubel, will start tomorrow's 23-lap Moto2 race at Catalunya alongside each other on the grid, after qualifying 14th and 15th respectively during this...

FOURTH ROW START FOR REDDING AND FAUBEL

Marc VDS Racing Team riders, Scott Redding and Hector Faubel, will start tomorrow's 23-lap Moto2 race at Catalunya alongside each other on the grid, after qualifying 14th and 15th respectively during this afternoon's 45-minute timed session.

In sweltering conditions, with the highest track temperature seen so far this season, Redding struggled to find traction throughout qualifying. The 17-year-old Briton had some close calls as he lost the front in the fast right-handers that are key to a quick lap time at the Circuit de Catalunya. Rear traction was also an issue because of the incredibly hot conditions, with the rear tyre spinning up and then gripping without warning, almost flicking the Marc VDS rider over the highside on more than one occasion.

Despite the near crashes, Redding persevered and continued to push hard aboard his Suter MMX machine right to the end of the session, eventually securing 14th place on the fourth row of the grid for tomorrow's Moto2 race.

Faubel declared himself happy with today's practice and qualifying performance, having closed considerably the gap to the frontrunners in both sessions. The 26-year-old Spaniard made a big step forward after some minor changes to both the set-up of his Suter MMX machine and his riding style through the first section of the 4.727km Catalunya circuit.

The Marc VDS rider will make further changes to the bike set-up overnight to stiffen up the front suspension, which he'll test during warm up tomorrow. Faubel is looking forward to racing in front of his home crowd tomorrow and is confident of adding to his championship points haul.

Scott Redding #45: 14th - 1'48.480

"That was a tough session. The bike just didn't feel right and I came close to crashing more than once on the fast right-handers when the front tried to close on me. It let go in a big way at turn 11, but I managed to hold it up on my elbow and then pick it back up on the gas; it was a close run thing and it's left a big dent in my titanium elbow protector. Not good. Neither was nearly going over the highside a few times, as the rear let go and the gripped without warning. Like I said, a tough session all-round, but then I guess it was the same for everyone in these conditions. We will make some changes overnight to try and improve rear traction, but tomorrow will just be a case of trying to get a good start and then going as hard as I can for 23 laps."

Hector Faubel #55: 15th - 1'48.491

"I'm much happier today. We made some small changes to the bike for this afternoon and there was a definite improvement. I also changed my riding style slightly through the first sector of the track and now I feel much more comfortable and able to carry more speed. 15th on the grid isn't ideal, but I'm pleased that we've managed to close the gap significantly on pole position. The bike feels much better than it has at the last two races, although we'll make some further small modifications overnight, and I'm really looking forward to the race tomorrow."

Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager

"I'm fairly happy with how things have gone today. We made improvements during free practice this morning and we were aiming for top twelve in qualifying for both riders. Okay, so we didn't quite achieve this, but I can live with that. Both riders did a good job this afternoon and it was good to see Hector making such a big step in qualifying. The fingers are definitely crossed, but I think having both riders finish in the points tomorrow is a realistic goal."

-source: marc vds

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Michael Bartholemy , Scott Redding
Teams Marc VDS Racing