REDDING FIFTH AS FAUBEL RIDES THROUGH THE PAIN BARRIER
Scott Redding took a hard fought fifth place in today's final Moto2 Grand Prix of the 2010 season at Valencia, following a race-long battle at the front of the field. Hector Faubel was disappointed with 21st place at his home race, after struggling with injuries sustained in a practice crash yesterday.
Redding, making his 50th Grand Prix appearance, got a good start from the front row of the grid and was soon involved in a cut and thrust battle with Kenan Sofuoglu, Stefan Bradl, Andrea Iannone and reigning Moto2 World Champion, Toni Elias, at the front of the race. The 17-year-old British youngster looked all set to challenge for his first win of the season, until a technical problem caused him to lose touch with the battle for the race lead.
The Marc VDS rider fought his way back up to the leaders in the closing stages of the race, but didn't quite have the pace to mount a challenge for the final podium position and was forced to settle for fifth at the chequered flag.
Hector Faubel was hoping for a good result in his last ride for the Marc VDS Racing Team and in front of his fans, family and friends who'd made the short journey from Faubel's home town of Lliria to show their support. Unfortunately, after making a good start and moving up through the order during the early stages of the race, the 27-year-old Spaniard started to struggle with pain from the shoulder and ribs that he injured in a practice crash yesterday. Despite the pain, Faubel pushed on to finish the race in 21st position, but was bitterly disappointed not to end the season with a better result.
Scott Redding #45: Race Position 5th - Championship Position 8th
"The racing out there was really tight, especially at the beginning when we were swapping places at every turn. It was good fun battling with Sofuoglu, Iannone, Elias and Bradl, but then I started to have problems with the quickshifter and lost my rhythm a bit after missing a couple of gears. Apart from that it was a good race, at the end of a great year and for that I have to thank Marc van der Straten and everyone in the Marc VDS Racing Team, who've supported me so well this season."
Hector Faubel #55: Race Position 21st - Championship Position 26th
"I got a good start today and managed to pass quite a few riders in the opening laps, but about 10 laps into the race I just wasn't able to push any more. I had painkilling injections this morning, but they obviously started to wear off because the shoulder and ribs I damaged in yesterday's crash started to give me a lot of pain. We finished the race, which is not so bad, but I really wanted a good result today at my track and in front of my family and friends. This year I've had some reasonable results, but also a lot of bad luck. I'm certainly looking forward to a better season in 2011."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Scott showed just how far he's come this season by battling at the front with vastly more experienced rivals in the final race of the year. He lost contact with the leaders when he had a problem with the bike, but showed great determination to work his way back up to the front. Today's fifth place also lifts Scott to eighth in the championship standings. With current or former World Champions filling four of the seven places above him, I think we can be quite proud of what we've achieved together in our first season. I am sorry for Hector, as I know he wanted a good result today in his final race for the team and at his home track and in front of his home crowd. He came into the team at the last minute, with no pre-season testing behind him, and that cost him dear. I would like to thank him for all his hard work this season and I'm sorry that he wasn't justly rewarded with the results for his efforts."
-source: marc vds