TOUGH TEST AHEAD FOR MARC VDS PAIR A last lap charge from Scott Redding saw the British youngster qualify 15th for tomorrow's German Grand Prix at Sachsenring, while his Marc VDS teammate, Hector Faubel, will start from the seventh row of the ...
TOUGH TEST AHEAD FOR MARC VDS PAIR
A last lap charge from Scott Redding saw the British youngster qualify 15th for tomorrow's German Grand Prix at Sachsenring, while his Marc VDS teammate, Hector Faubel, will start from the seventh row of the grid after finishing today's timed session 27th fastest.
Redding struggled with traction problems through free practice and qualifying, almost crashing on more than one occasion through turns nine and ten when the rear of his Suter MMX machine lost grip. The Gloucestershire teenager also lost time through sector four - the two left-hand turns at the bottom of the hill - for the same reason. Redding will sit down with his crew tonight to try and identify set-up changes to improve the handling of the bike in these two specific areas, which he'll then test during warm-up tomorrow morning.
Faubel was disappointed to only qualify on the seventh row of the grid for tomorrow's race, after making big steps forward with the set-up of his Suter MMX Moto2 machine during practice and qualifying today. The 26-year-old Spaniard also lost time through the last section of the track and, like his teammate, will focus his efforts on finding an improvement through turns 12 and 13 during tomorrow's 20-minute warm-up session.
Redding and Faubel are confident that it will be possible to improve on their qualifying positions during tomorrow's 29-lap Moto2 race. Both riders are determined to push for points scoring finishes in front of the Marc VDS Racing Team's President, Marc van der Straten, who will be watching the race from pit wall.
Scott Redding #45: 15th - 1'26.246
"The fourth row of the grid isn't where we wanted to be this weekend, even if it is my second best qualifying position of the season so far. We've really struggled here at Sachsenring; first with the front and then with the rear of the bike. I've had a few scares through turns nine and ten - where I crashed yesterday - as the rear just comes round on me with no warning. I'm also losing time through the fourth sector and we need to find out why this is, so that we can make the necessary set-up changes before warm-up tomorrow. The race will be tough, that's for sure, but I'll be pushing as hard as I can to secure a good result in front of the boss!"
Hector Faubel #55: 27th - 1'26.736
"The bike felt good today, probably the best it's been since the start of the season. My first two runs in qualifying were good, but then we switched to the harder option front tyre for the third run and this didn't work as well as the medium option. I was able to lap consistently in the 1'26s bracket though, so we have a pretty good pace for the race, but I'm losing time through the last section of the track and this is something we need to address with the team overnight. I think the problem is that I'm braking too early for these two corners, but this we will be able to confirm with the data. The race will be hard, and this track is not easy to overtake on, but I will be pushing to try and get into the points tomorrow, as always."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Scott qualified higher than he has done for the last few races, so I'm satisfied with that, although it's not really where we expected to be at this point in the season. The biggest problem is that he is losing almost half a second through T4 and that's something we definitely need to sort out ahead of tomorrow's race. Today Hector was really happy with the bike for the first time this season and most of his laps were done on used tyres. The lap times are still not coming easily for him, but this is mainly because he's having similar issues to Scott in T4. Apart from Andrea Iannone, who was in a class of his own today, Scott and Hector are not far off in terms of lap times and I'm confident that they'll be able to fight for points in tomorrow's race."
-source: marc vds