MARC VDS PAIR ON THE PACE AT SEPANG Scott Redding and Hector Faubel both made impressive starts in this afternoon's opening practice at Sepang, with Redding finishing the hour-long session second fastest and Faubel claiming tenth position on the...
MARC VDS PAIR ON THE PACE AT SEPANG
Scott Redding and Hector Faubel both made impressive starts in this afternoon's opening practice at Sepang, with Redding finishing the hour-long session second fastest and Faubel claiming tenth position on the timesheet.
Black clouds, lightning and thunder met the Moto2 riders as they took to the 5.548km / 3.447 mile Sepang circuit for the first time this afternoon, prompting many riders to abandon work on set-up in favour of getting in as many laps as possible ahead of the inevitable rain.
Redding was quickly on the pace, moving up to second on the timesheet behind Alex De Angelis and ahead of championship leader, Toni Elias, just 15 minutes into the session. Faubel was also quick to put in a fast lap, following his Marc VDS teammate up the order and into eighth place.
The rain finally arrived halfway through the session, falling hard enough to soak the track and forcing all the riders back to pit lane, where they sat waiting for a break in the weather. With ten minutes of the session left to run, and with the track already starting to dry out, most of the field ventured back out to try and improve their times.
De Angelis managed to improve on his final flying lap, increasing the gap back to Redding in second place to just over one tenth of a second. Tom Luthi and Dominique Aegerter also managed to improve their times right at the end of the session, pushing Faubel back to tenth position.
Scott Redding #45: 2nd - 2'09.774
"It was obvious from the start it was going to rain at some point in the session, but we decided not to let the weather influence our practice plan. I went out on the Motegi settings to get some laps under my belt; the bike felt pretty good from the off and I was quick to find my rhythm. I had a bit of a scare three laps in when one of the wild-card riders braked early for turn one, but I just managed to squeeze past at full chat without collecting him! It was a good session, if a bit short because of the rain halfway through. We need to improve rear traction a little for tomorrow, as well as shortening the gearing slightly. Other than that the bike was pretty much spot on and I'm looking forward to a tomorrow morning's practice, which I hope will be dry."
Hector Faubel #55: 10th - 2'10.505
"Today the bike felt like it did at Indianapolis and our recent Valencia test, completely different to Motegi. The front feels good, but we need to find a bit more drive at the rear for practice and qualifying tomorrow, because grip was difficult to find this afternoon. It's a pity the session was cut short by rain; I only managed to put in ten or eleven laps and I need to do a lot more tomorrow. Already I feel more confident than Motegi and we only need to make a few small steps to improve the bike ready for the two sessions tomorrow."
Pete Benson: Scott Redding's Crew Chief
"Scott started the session on the settings from Motegi, putting in a few laps to find the best lines for the bike around the Sepang circuit. He was quick to find a good rhythm and his laps times were pretty quick from the start. We'll make some changes overnight to improve rear traction and stability under braking; the bike's not bad at the moment, but we can definitely make it better."
-source: marc vds