Hector Faubel will start tomorrow's Moto2 race at Mugello from the third row of the grid, after a late charge during this afternoon's qualifying session saw him jump up the order to 12th place. His Marc VDS teammate, Scott Redding, was...
Hector Faubel will start tomorrow's Moto2 race at Mugello from the third row of the grid, after a late charge during this afternoon's qualifying session saw him jump up the order to 12th place. His Marc VDS teammate, Scott Redding, was disappointed to end the session 28th fastest, after running in the top 15 early in qualifying.
Faubel made a number of changes to the set-up of his Suter MMX machine during this morning's free practice and the first part of this afternoon's qualifying session. As a result, the 26-year-old Spanish rider continued to improve his lap time throughout qualifying, before posting his fastest lap with just minutes remaining. Faubel is confident that a top ten finish is a realistic target in tomorrow's race.
Redding started this afternoon's qualifying session well, running inside the top 15 for the first 20 minutes, but was unable to improve upon his lap time during the closing stages and, as a result, dropped down the order. On the softer option rear tyre the 17-year-old Briton was struggling to change direction through the numerous esses at the Mugello circuit, but is confident he won't face the same problem on the race tyre tomorrow.
"I'm pretty happy with the result today. Trevor, my Crew Chief, and the whole team have worked really hard to get the bike how I want it, and we're finally there now. I was lucky to get a clear lap at the end, because a few riders either crashed or ran on and there were yellow flags showing on my out lap. Luckily, when I came round on my last flying lap they were gone, so I was able to get my head down and post my fastest time in a good group of riders. I think a points scoring finish is a realistic aim tomorrow; if I finish inside the top ten then I'll be very happy."
"I was going well at the start of the session, but then we seemed to hit a brick wall again when we switched to the softer rear tyre. Through the esses, and there are a few at this track, I was struggling to get the bike turned for the second apex. Basically, I'd get on the gas to pick the bike up and the rear would just come round on me. It lost me a lot of time, but it shouldn't be an issue tomorrow as I'll be back on the race tyre. Starting from so far back will be tough, but a lot of the riders in front of me were slower in race trim today, so it should be possible to pick up places. Finishing in the points is still achievable I think, but it will require some pretty ruthless overtaking tomorrow."
Michael Bartholemy, Team Manager:
"The situation today isn't so good, but I'm happy that Hector has given us our best grid position of the season so far and I hope he can capitalise on this tomorrow. If he can get away with the front group then he definitely has the race pace to stay with them, so a top ten finish is a real possibility. Scott was also quick early in the session, but lost out when everyone switched to the softer-option rear, as he couldn't get it to work for him. We know he can do the lap times on a race tyre, but he's going to have a tough time fighting his way through the field from 28th position on the grid. Having said that, the aim for both riders tomorrow is to score points, which I think is a real possibility, even for Scott."
-source: marc vds