REDDING JUST PIPPED FOR POLE AT PHILLIP ISLAND Scott Redding was denied his first pole position by the narrowest of margins at Phillip Island this afternoon and will start tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix from second on the grid, his fifth front...
REDDING JUST PIPPED FOR POLE AT PHILLIP ISLAND
Scott Redding was denied his first pole position by the narrowest of margins at Phillip Island this afternoon and will start tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix from second on the grid, his fifth front row start of the season. Hector Faubel will start from the fourth row of the grid, after improving significantly on his lap time during qualifying today.
Qualifying started in wet conditions, as rain showers arrived at the Phillip Island circuit, but conditions improved once the rain stopped, with the track drying out quickly in the now sunny, but still very windy conditions. Redding was quick to put in a fast lap once slick tyres became a viable option, topping the timesheet at the halfway point in the session and then holding onto pole position to the chequered flag.
Unfortunately for the 17-year-old Briton, Alex De Angelis managed to squeeze in one last flying lap right at the end of the session and, for the fourth time this season, Redding found himself knocked from the top spot on the grid, this time by just two-tenths of a second.
Faubel improved both the set-up of his Suter MMX machine and his lap time to finish 13th this afternoon, after finishing morning free practice down in a disappointing 28th place. The 27-year-old Spaniard will refine his set-up even further ahead of tomorrow's 25-lap Moto2 race.
Scott Redding #45: 2nd - 1'35.378
"Conditions were a bit dodgy at the start of the session. We started on slicks but the rain got heavier, so we changed to wets, at which point the rain stopped. Typical Phillip Island! The bike felt good once the track had dried enough to switch back to slicks and the lap times came pretty easy. I thought I could have gone faster, but each time I pushed that little bit more, the rear stepped out on me and I had to shut off. Alex came past me right at the end of the session; I tried to repay the compliment, but I just couldn't find a way past him. I'm disappointed to lose pole position right at the end of the session yet again, but the front row will do me. We have the pace and I'm confident going into tomorrow's race."
Hector Faubel #55: 13th - 1'36.243
"It was a pretty good session this afternoon. The bike felt a lot better than it did this morning and the lap times came a little easier. We still need to make some small improvements to the set-up in two areas overnight, but I'm basically happy with the bike. My goal tomorrow is top twelve; in Malaysia I started 24th and finished 11th, so a top ten finish could be a possibility starting from the fourth row of the grid."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"I thought we had pole position all wrapped up today. Scot went straight to the top of the timesheet almost as soon as a dry line appeared on the track, and then continued to extend his margin at the top with every lap. When the chequered flag came out I thought he'd done it, but then Alex De Angelis showed his experience with a great last lap to deny us pole position for the fourth time this season! But the front row is enough and, with the consistency he's shown today, I'm sure Scott will be up there and fighting for the podium in the race tomorrow. Hector fell foul of the changeable conditions here this weekend, but finally found a set-up he was happy with for qualifying. I'm confident he'll be in the points tomorrow, with a top ten finish a real possibility if he gets a good start."
-source: marc vds