DIFFICULT SACHSENRING RACE FOR MARC VDS Hector Faubel was the sole finisher for the Marc VDS Racing Team in today's Moto2 Grand Prix at Sachsenring, after Scott Redding was forced to retire with a mechanical problem just ten laps into the race.
DIFFICULT SACHSENRING RACE FOR MARC VDS
Hector Faubel was the sole finisher for the Marc VDS Racing Team in today's Moto2 Grand Prix at Sachsenring, after Scott Redding was forced to retire with a mechanical problem just ten laps into the race. Faubel fought his way through the field to take 25th place at the chequered flag, after getting caught up in a first corner crash right at the start of the race.
For the second race in succession, Faubel was unfortunate to be caught up in someone else's crash at the first turn. In Catalunya it was Alex Debon who collected the Marc VDS rider on his way to the gravel trap while, today, it was Raffaele De Rosa's crash that almost ended the Spaniard's race on the opening lap.
Faubel was able to rejoin the race, but initially struggled to make headway due to damage on the bike. Despite a bent brake lever and a flapping fairing, the 26-year-old Spaniard eventually managed to fight his way up to 25th place, which he maintained to the chequered flag.
Redding got a good start from 15th position on the grid and was heavily involved in the battle for seventh place for most of the early part of the race. Then, seven laps in, the 17-year-old Briton started to experience problems with his Suter MMX machine and, after just ten laps, was forced to retire at the side of the track.
The next round of the Moto2 World Championship takes place at the Autodrom Brno in the Czech Republic on 13-15 August.
Hector Faubel #55: 25th
"Bad luck struck again for me at the start when I was taken out by Raffaele De Rosa's bike. I managed to get my bike restarted and rejoined the race dead last, but it took me a few laps to get back up to speed, as I had to bash the front brake lever back into place. The fairing was also broken, which was a bit distracting, but I did eventually manage to find a good rhythm and I was quite happy with my lap times during the race. I have to put this behind me now and think about the next race in Brno, where I hope I'll have better luck in the first corner!"
Scott Redding #45: DNF
"I got away from the line pretty well and managed to make up quite a few places in the opening laps. I was involved in a good battle with a big group of riders, including Roby Rolfo and Karel Abraham, but then I started to have a problem with the bike. It felt like the problem was with the clutch, because I lost all drive to the rear, but the guys are checking it now and we should know more later on. It's frustrating because the bike felt good and I'm pretty confident a top five finish was on the cards. We have a bit of a break now before the next race, which is a shame, because I just want to get straight back out on the bike after such a disappointing end to today's race."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Hector was unlucky once again today, getting caught up in someone else's crash at the first turn and then having to fight his way back from dead last. Once he got going his lap times were good, so he was definitely capable of a points scoring finish today if he hadn't been taken out at turn one. I know Scott is frustrated today. He was riding well and looking at a top five finish in the race, but then he had a problem with the bike that left him with no option but to retire. I hope he can take the positives from this weekend and carry them through to the next race in Brno, where I'm confident we'll see him running towards the front of the field once again."
-source: marc vds