TOP TEN FOR REDDING AT ARAGON Marc VDS rider Scott Redding finished today's Moto2 Grand Prix at Aragon in a creditable eighth place, after struggling with handling issues throughout the 21-lap race. Hector Faubel was disappointed to finish...
TOP TEN FOR REDDING AT ARAGON
Marc VDS rider Scott Redding finished today's Moto2 Grand Prix at Aragon in a creditable eighth place, after struggling with handling issues throughout the 21-lap race. Hector Faubel was disappointed to finish out of the points in 17th position, after being forced off track twice in one lap.
Redding, starting from the front row of the grid for the third race in succession, didn't get the best of starts and, as a result, got baulked at the first corner. The 17-year-old British rider had fought his way up to fifth place by the end of the opening lap, but front-end problems meant he was unable to match the lap times of the leaders.
The Marc VDS rider pushed as hard as he dared, but lacked the necessary feeling from the front of the bike to fend off challenges from Jules Cluzel, Toni Elias and Dominique Aegerter in the later stages of the race. After being on the pace all weekend, Redding was disappointed to fall foul of the conditions in the race, which were far hotter than during practice and qualifying.
Faubel got a good start from the fifth row of the grid, quickly worked his way up through the field and was battling for a points scoring position early in the race. The 27-year-old Spaniard looked good to achieve his aim of a top ten finish until a collision with Stefan Bradl and then Raffaele De Rosa saw him forced off track twice on the same lap. Faubel was quick to rejoin the race, but was unable to progress any higher than 17th position by the chequered flag.
Scott Redding #45: 8th
"We had to make some changes to the front of the bike today, because we were only getting 12 laps from a front tyre during practice and qualifying yesterday. We tried the changes this morning in warm-up and they worked fine, but the conditions in the race were a lot warmer and I started having problems with the front from the start. I didn't get away from the line too well and then got caught out a bit by the traffic in turn one. I managed to fight my way through onto the back of the leading group on the first lap, but I was having real problems getting the bike stopped and turned on the front; it felt like it was going to close on me all the time. I pushed as hard as I could, but started dropping back as the race went on. We were on the pace all weekend, so I'm a bit disappointed to only finish eighth today."
Hector Faubel #55: 17th
"It was a tough race today. I got a good start and was working my way up through the field and towards the top ten. I put in a pass on Bradl, but he closed the door on me and I had no option but to run off track. No sooner was I back on track than De Rosa cut right across me and hit my front tyre with his rear. I was lucky to stay on the bike but, once again, it forced me off track. Two off-track excursions in the same lap were just too much to come back from and I couldn't progress any further than 17th before the end of the race. I'm hugely disappointed because the bike felt good, I had a good rhythm and a finish inside the top ten was definitely possible for me today."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Scott has been on the pace all weekend, but just didn't have the set-up today to run at the front of the race. I know he's disappointed with the result, but after the tragedy of Misano and all that's happened since, I'm happy to see him inside the top ten today. He's shown just how resilient he is by bouncing back in style this weekend and I'm confident he will be pushing for that first Moto2 win next time out in Motegi. Hector was unlucky today. He was riding well, picking off places as the race progressed, but then got hit by two riders and lost all chance of a top ten finish. He needs to put this behind him now and focus on the next race, where I hope he has better luck."
-source: marc vds