PROMISING START FOR REDDING AND FAUBEL Scott Redding finished today's opening free practice session at Mugello 19th fastest, with his Marc VDS teammate, Hector Faubel, seven places further back in 26th position. Although not happy to be so far...
PROMISING START FOR REDDING AND FAUBEL
Scott Redding finished today's opening free practice session at Mugello 19th fastest, with his Marc VDS teammate, Hector Faubel, seven places further back in 26th position.
Although not happy to be so far down the timesheet, both Marc VDS riders declared themselves happy with the progress made during free practice and confident that they will improve their lap times significantly ahead of tomorrow's all-important qualifying session.
Redding struggled to find a good rhythm on his Suter MMX machine early in the session, but settled down to put in some consistently fast laps towards the end. The 17-year-old Briton will make only small changes to the set-up of his bike overnight and is confident of improving both his lap time and position in tomorrow's final free practice session.
Faubel posted the 15th fastest time quarter of the way through the opening practice session, but opted to evaluate set-up changes rather than to continue chasing for fast laps. Unfortunately for the 26-year-old Spaniard, the changes didn't lead to the improvements expected and it was too late in the session to change back. Faubel will revert back to his original set-up tomorrow and has his sights set firmly on a top 15 position during the afternoon's qualifying session.
Scott Redding #45 - 19th - 1'57.788
"It's the same every week, I struggle to make a connection with the bike and to find a good rhythm early in the session and that's costing us valuable track time. It comes good towards the end, but we need to be on the pace from the start. I need to improve in this area, because this class is too competitive to be losing time like this. Once I did get going the bike felt pretty good and we won't make many changes for tomorrow. I just need to get my head down in free practice and up the pace, ready for qualifying tomorrow afternoon. I have to qualify towards the front of the grid to stand a chance in the race, so that's what we'll be aiming for."
Hector Faubel #55 - 26th - 1'58.192
"The start of the session was good and my lap times were pretty close to the guys at the top of the timesheet. But we made some changes to the set-up that just didn't work and it took us a few runs to figure this out, by which time we'd run out of time and couldn't switch back. Tomorrow we will change back to the original set-up, which felt good, and I'm confident we will be able to climb our way back up the timesheet before qualifying."
Trevor Morris: Hector Faubel's Crew Chief
"Hector was pretty quick from the start of the session today. We've been thinking about making some changes to the set-up for some time, changes that we thought would give us some improvements in a number of areas, so we decided to bite the bullet and try them this afternoon. Unfortunately, the changes didn't give us the improvements we expected and Hector's lap times suffered as a result. We will go back to the first set-up tomorrow; it definitely wasn't time wasted today, as we now have a much better idea of what does and doesn't work for Hector, which will stand us in good stead in the future."
-source: marc vds