MARC VDS LOOKING FOR MORE POINTS IN MUGELLO
The Marc VDS Racing Team riders, Scott Redding and Hector Faubel, head this week for the Tuscan hills of Italy, and the picturesque circuit of Mugello, for the fourth round of the Moto2 world championship.
For Redding the Italian Grand Prix will provide an ideal opportunity to add to the points haul he secured last time out in Le Mans, with an eleventh place finish in a hotly contested race. The 17-year-old Briton tested for two days at Mugello immediately after the Jerez Grand Prix and is looking forward to returning to the Italian circuit.
Mugello will mark Faubel's first Moto2 race on a circuit at which he's tested the Marc VDS Suter MMX previously. The 26-year-old Spaniard also tested at Mugello for two days in May and is confident that this weekend's Italian Grand Prix will see him pick up his first championship points in the new four-stroke Moto2 category.
One of the most picturesque circuits on the MotoGP calendar, the 5.245km Mugello track twists its way across two sides of a scenic valley, deep in the Tuscan hills above Scarperia.
The circuit includes six left turns and nine rights in total, as well as regular changes of elevation. It features many fast chicanes, twisty sections and is notorious for being incredibly bumpy, particularly on corner entry. The chicanes are taken at relatively high pace, and accuracy in a rider's lines is vital in the last sector to keep momentum up to the final turn, out of which the riders launch themselves onto the 1.141km main straight.
Scott Redding #45
"It was good to finally pick up some points in Le Mans, but I was disappointed to finish just outside the top ten. We need to be on the pace from the start of the weekend and, having tested at Mugello last month, this is a race where I think we can achieve that. I had a couple of days off mountain biking with some of the guys from the team after Le Mans. Physically, it was hard work, but it was also good to spend some time with the team away from the racetrack and it means I head for Mugello more determined than ever to repay their faith in me with a top ten finish this weekend."
Hector Faubel #55
"The last two races I haven't finished, so I head for Mugello this weekend determined to see the chequered flag, hopefully from a top ten position. We tested at Mugello for two days after the Grand Prix in Jerez, but not with the official Honda engine. Even so, this will be the first track we visit where I've tested on the Moto2 bike before, so I'm looking forward to it. I like the Mugello circuit; it's one where I've won before and I'm happy to push that little bit harder there so, hopefully, I will come away from this weekend with my first points in the championship."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"We're one of the few Moto2 teams who've tested at Mugello, so I'm pretty confident we'll be on the pace from the start this weekend, which is maybe what we've been missing at previous races. Having said that, Scott has progressed in terms of race results, from 22nd in Qatar to 11th at Le Mans, and I hope he'll continue this forward progression this weekend in Italy. Hector needs some better luck this weekend. He's been taken out twice in the previous two races and he needs to get some more kilometres under his belt now. He's been successful here before - he won the 125cc race at Mugello in 2007 - and I hope he can be successful again this weekend and secure his first points in the Moto2 World Championship."
-source: marc vds