M2: San Marino GP: Marc VDS preview

EXPECTATIONS HIGH AS MARC VDS HEAD FOR MISANO Expectations are high as the Marc VDS Racing Team head for the Grand Prix Di San Marino E Della Riviera Di Rimini at the Misano World Circuit and round 11 of the Moto2 World Championship, after a ...

EXPECTATIONS HIGH AS MARC VDS HEAD FOR MISANO

Expectations are high as the Marc VDS Racing Team head for the Grand Prix Di San Marino E Della Riviera Di Rimini at the Misano World Circuit and round 11 of the Moto2 World Championship, after a strong showing by Scott Redding and Hector Faubel in last weekend's Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Faubel qualified his Suter MMX machine second on the grid in Indianapolis, one place ahead of Redding, who went on to claim his and the Marc VDS Racing Team's first ever podium finish in the Moto2 class with a hard fought third place in the race.

Qualifying will be all important at Misano, as passing places are limited around the 4.226 km / 2.626 mile circuit. Both Faubel and Redding have an impressive qualifying record at the track. Redding qualified top five on both his appearances in the 125cc class at Misano, while Faubel has started the race from the front two rows on all three of his previous visits to the circuit.

The Misano World Circuit features many fast-flowing sections along with slower combinations that test tyres, machine and rider skill to the maximum. The track is incredibly bumpy in places and, with the often-stifling heat on the Adriatic coast, tyre durability can be a major factor during the race. The Misano weekend guarantees an electric atmosphere, generated by the passionate Italian fans who flock to the circuit in their thousands.

Scott Redding #45:
"Misano has been a good track for me in the past, although the results don't reflect that. I was fighting for a top four position in 2008 but crashed, while the bike seized in 2009, again while battling at the front of the race. It's a track I like, fast but with a couple of technical sections that really test you, especially if it's as hot as it was last year. I'm going into this weekend full of confidence after the podium in Indianapolis, but with my focus well and truly on this race and not on what happened last weekend. I need to stay calm, concentrate on my riding during practice and qualifying then give it full gas in the race."

Hector Faubel #55:
"After such a good qualifying performance at Indianapolis, crashing out of the race while in the top six was obviously a big disappointment, but we made a lot of progress with the bike during the weekend and that means we head for Misano confident of a good result. Everything seems to have come together, finally, at the last two races and my feeling with the bike is much improved. I certainly won't make the same mistake at Misano as I did at Indy, where I rode with my heart instead of my head!"

Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"After qualifying both riders on the front row of the grid and then Scott claiming a fantastic third place in the race at Indianapolis, our expectations are understandably high as we head for Misano this weekend. We need strong results in this race and the next at Aragon if we are to break into the top ten in the championship standings before we head off to the three overseas races and, after the performance by both riders in Indianapolis, I'm confident that we can achieve this. I'm certainly looking forward to the weekend ahead, and to securing two solid results in the race on Sunday."

-source: marc vds

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Michael Bartholemy , Scott Redding
Teams Marc VDS Racing