FAUBEL CLOSES THE GAP AS REDDING STRUGGLES IN JEREZ Hector Faubel closed to within one second of the pole position lap time during this afternoon's qualifying session in Jerez, in which he finished 24th fastest, as he continues to adapt rapidly...
FAUBEL CLOSES THE GAP AS REDDING STRUGGLES IN JEREZ
Hector Faubel closed to within one second of the pole position lap time during this afternoon's qualifying session in Jerez, in which he finished 24th fastest, as he continues to adapt rapidly to the Marc VDS Racing Team's Suter MMX Moto2 bike. Scott Redding was disappointed to qualify down in 27th place, after finishing this morning's free practice session inside the top ten.
Faubel used this morning's free practice session to evaluate a number of fairly extreme setting changes on his Suter MMX machine, before fixing the set-up he was happiest with ahead of the afternoon's qualifying session. The 26-year-old Spaniard improved his time with each lap of the 4.423 km/2.748 mile Jerez circuit, eventually finishing just one second behind eventual polesitter, Shoya Tomizawa.
Scott Redding made a number of changes to the set-up of his Suter MMX machine ahead of free practice, to alleviate the chatter problems he experienced during the opening practice session yesterday. On a cooler track the changes worked well, allowing the 17-year-old Briton to post his fastest lap time of the weekend as he claimed ninth position on the timesheet. Unfortunately for Redding, an increase in track temperature for the all-important qualifying session rendered the changes ineffective and the Marc VDS Racing Team rider was unable to qualify higher than 27th on the grid for tomorrow's 26-lap Moto2 race.
Hector Faubel #55: 24th - 1'45.443
"Today I'm happy - not with my qualifying position, but with the fact that my lap time has improved and I'm now within one second of pole position in only my second race with this bike. It was hard yesterday; everyone except me has tested here and they were all straight into the 1'45s bracket at the start of the first session. That was a bit of a shock to the system! Today we made some pretty big changes to the bike during free practice and then, in qualifying, we limited the changes and I focussed on just riding the bike. It paid off, as we are now closer to the times of the frontrunners, although still 24th on the grid - that's how close this championship is! All the guys in the team, along with the technical staff from Suter Racing, have worked hard to set-up the bike to suit me. Now I hope we can repay their hard work with a good result in the race tomorrow."
Scott Redding #45: 27th - 1'45.591
"We made some changes to the bike overnight and it felt much better during free practice this morning, where I finished ninth fastest. This afternoon, with the changing track conditions, I felt like I was riding a different bike. I was struggling with a lack of grip at the front, a lack of traction at the rear, the chatter returned with a vengeance and the front just kept closing on me in the turns. I felt like I was doing the same times as this morning because the bike seemed to be on the limit, but the timesheet doesn't lie. There were just too many problems to ride around and I was losing time everywhere. It will be difficult tomorrow because we know that anything we test successfully in morning warm-up probably won't work in the race, when track conditions will be significantly different again."
Pete Benson: Crew Chief - Scott Redding
"We lost out today due to a combination of the changing conditions and Scott's relative inexperience. We tested here at Jerez in similar conditions to this morning's practice session, which is why Scott felt comfortable on the bike and was able to post a decent lap time. The track temperature had increased by 16 degrees by the time qualifying came around, and this change has a fairly significant affect on the bike. The higher temperature reduces available grip slightly, but the biggest problem is that it also changes the feel of the bike for the rider. There's still grip there, but the feedback the rider feels has changed and it needs both experience and confidence to continue pushing in that situation. It's something that Scott will learn as he gains more experience; he just needs to push himself to find the limits if he has the same problems tomorrow in the race."
-source: Marc VDS