REDDING TO START 50TH GRAND PRIX FROM FRONT ROW Scott Redding will become the youngest ever rider to reach the milestone of 50 Grand Prix starts, taking the record from new MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo, when he lines up on the front row...
REDDING TO START 50TH GRAND PRIX FROM FRONT ROW
Scott Redding will become the youngest ever rider to reach the milestone of 50 Grand Prix starts, taking the record from new MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo, when he lines up on the front row of the grid for tomorrow's 27-lap Moto2 race at Valencia. Hector Faubel will start from the fourth row of the grid, after finally making progress with the handling problems that have plagued him all weekend.
Redding secured fourth place during a hectic 45-minute qualifying session that saw him involved in a six-way battle for pole position during the final few minutes. The Marc VDS rider was happy to be on the front row for the sixth time this season, but also frustrated that he was unable to mark his half-century of Grand Prix starts with his first pole position, after being baulked by riders cruising on the racing line.
Having struggled to find a workable set-up during the three free practice sessions here at Valencia, Faubel and his crew switched back to the settings used in Australia and Estoril ahead of today's all-important qualifying session. While the changes failed to alleviate the problems completely, they did allow the 27-year-old Spaniard to qualify 16th today, despite suffering pain from a shoulder injury sustained in a crash during free practice this morning.
Marc van der Straten, the President of the Marc VDS Racing Team, who is at Valencia together with the Marc VDS GT1 and GT3 teams to lend his support to Redding and Faubel, will join the two Marc VDS riders on the grid tomorrow.
Scott Redding #45: 4th - 1'36.343
"It's good to finish qualifying with a front row grid position, because we've had to overcome a few problems this weekend. My only problem today was with riders cruising around on the racing line waiting for a tow. I had a big moment at the final turn at the end of the session and nearly crashed trying to avoid a rider who obviously thought he was on his own personal racetrack. Anyway, it's done and dusted now and I'm focussed completely on tomorrow's race. We've got a good set-up, I'm feeling confident and I'm looking forward to getting out there and blowing them all up. Full gas..."
Hector Faubel #55: 16th - 1'37.006
"We've struggled all weekend with the bike, making very little progress during free practice, so we switched back to a previous set-up ahead of qualifying today. It was definitely better, but I still didn't have such a good feeling with the bike. I also had some problems with my shoulder, which I damaged in a big crash this morning. Starting from the fourth row of the grid is never easy, but if I can survive the first two corners then I hope I'll be able to fight my way through the field as I did last week in Estoril. To borrow a phrase from Scott, full gas is the only way tomorrow!"
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Scott put in yet another impressive qualifying performance today, to claim his sixth front row start of the season. The only place he was losing time was through the final sector and we will look to see if we can make an improvement there during warm-up tomorrow morning. I'm sorry for Hector, who really wanted to end the season with a good result in front of his home crowd, but he simply ran out of time today after struggling with set-up all weekend. Tomorrow I hope for two good results from Scott and Hector, to end both the year and our first season in the Moto2 World Championship."
-source: marc vds