THIRD SUCCESSIVE FRONT ROW START FOR REDDING Scott Redding will start tomorrow's Moto2 Grand Prix of Aragon from the front row of the grid after posting the second fastest time during this afternoon's 40-minute qualifying session. Hector Faubel...
THIRD SUCCESSIVE FRONT ROW START FOR REDDING
Scott Redding will start tomorrow's Moto2 Grand Prix of Aragon from the front row of the grid after posting the second fastest time during this afternoon's 40-minute qualifying session. Hector Faubel posted a qualifying time within one second of his Marc VDS teammate's fastest lap and will start tomorrow's race from the fifth row of the grid.
Redding's front row start at Aragon is his third in as many races and comes just two weeks after the 17-year-old Briton was involved in a crash at Misano that left him injured and took the life of fellow Moto2 competitor, Shoya Tomizawa.
With all four practice sessions held in cold conditions at Aragon tyre durability has been an issue, but with higher temperatures forecast for race day tomorrow, Redding is confident he has the pace to run right at the front of the race once again and has his sights set firmly on the podium.
Faubel looked all set to join his Marc VDS teammate towards the front of the grid, after making improvements to his Suter MMX machine during this morning's final free practice. The 27-year-old Spaniard improved his lap times throughout this afternoon's 40-minute timed session, but lost out on his final flying lap after being baulked by slower riders.
Scott Redding #45: 2nd - 1'55.189
"The bike felt good, the times came pretty easy and I really thought I'd done enough to take pole, only to lose out to Iannone right at the end. I felt like I could have gone faster, down into the high 1'54s even, but my front tyre was shot and there was no time to return to the pits for fresh rubber. Of course, I gave it a go anyway, but had to back off after having to save a front-end slide by picking the bike up on my elbow! It would have been good to start tomorrow's race from pole, but the front row will do for me. We had some problems with the front tyre today, but with higher temperatures promised for tomorrow I don't think this will be an issue. If the conditions are right tomorrow then I have the pace to run right at the front of the race and I'll definitely be looking for a podium finish. There's no complicated race strategy in place for tomorrow, it will just be full gas from start to finish!"
Hector Faubel #55: 19th - 1'56.111
"Everything was good today, right up until the final five minutes of qualifying. My feeling with the bike was good, my times were coming down and I was looking for a good grid position with my last flying lap. Unfortunately, I got held up by traffic and wasn't able to go full gas before the end of the session and ended on the fifth row of the grid. I really wanted a podium finish here this weekend in front of my home crowd, but that's impossible starting from 19th on the grid. My aim now is to finish inside the top ten, which is a realistic goal as long as I get a good start tomorrow."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Scott continues to impress with his qualifying performances. He was unlucky to miss out on pole - once again he was knocked from the top spot with only seconds of the session remaining - but the front row is good enough. We've seen a big improvement in Scott's approach since Sachsenring and some of the credit has to go to the team around him, who have really gelled with their rider. I'm happy to see him up at the front of the grid after the tragic circumstances of two weeks ago and I'm confident he will be up there and fighting for his second Moto2 podium finish tomorrow. Scott set the bar high today and Hector was all set to try and match it, but got caught out in traffic right at the end of the session. As always he'll be pushing hard to make up places from the start and I'm confident he has the pace to finish inside the top ten tomorrow."
-source: marc vds