SUPERB SECOND FOR SCOTT REDDING DOWN UNDER Scott Redding took a superb second place in today's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, after battling for the lead throughout the race with eventual winner, Alex De Angelis. Hector Faubel's race...
SUPERB SECOND FOR SCOTT REDDING DOWN UNDER
Scott Redding took a superb second place in today's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, after battling for the lead throughout the race with eventual winner, Alex De Angelis. Hector Faubel's race ended on the opening lap, following a collision at Siberia corner.
Redding got a good start and then fought his way past Iannone and Mike Di Meglio on the opening lap to lead the race across the line for the first time. The 17-year-old Briton continued to lead for the next 12 laps, as he fended off challenges from Iannone, Di Meglio and Alex De Angelis. A near crash forced Redding to relinquish the lead to De Angelis at the halfway point in the race, after which they started to pull out a gap on Iannone in third place.
With Redding matching De Angelis' pace as the race drew to an end, the stage looked set for a last lap showdown as the two riders both battled to take their first win in the Moto2 class. But experience eventually won out, with two very quick laps by the Sammarinese rider giving him breathing space at the front of the race and forcing Redding to accept second place at the chequered flag.
Faubel also got a good start from the fourth row of the grid. The 27-year-old Spaniard made up places going into the first three turns, before diving up the inside of Australian rider, Wayne Maxwell, at the Honda Hairpin. Maxwell tried to retake the place by riding around the outside of Faubel at Siberia, but collided with the Marc VDS rider bringing both of them down. Maxwell rejoined the race, but was eventually disqualified and fined for the incident.
Scott Redding #45: 2nd Position
"What a fantastic race; I really enjoyed that! I was so pumped that I can't really remember what happened in the race and I was stood on the podium thinking 'what's going on here then'. I got a good start and managed to pull out a bit of a gap at the front, but halfway through I lost the front at turn nine and De Angelis came past me. I could match his pace, but when I started looking for a way back past him he put in two very fast laps to pull away for the win. I'm happy with second place; it was a good battle with De Angelis and Iannone and I learned a lot from both of them today. The team, as always, did a great job with the bike; we're coming stronger and stronger every week and I'm confident that our first win will come very soon."
Hector Faubel #55: DNF
"What a terrible weekend. I got a good start and managed to make up places in the first few corners. At the hairpin I went up the inside of Maxwell with no problems. At Siberia I had the inside line again and he tried to ride around the outside but ended up leaning on me and bringing us both down. As far as I'm concerned I was on the line and he collided with me. I guess his take on it was different, given his reaction afterwards, but I know I wasn't at fault. Now I want to put it behind me and focus on the next two races, first Estoril and then my home race at Valencia."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"I'm really pleased for Scott and very happy with his fantastic ride to second place today. We are a new team with a young rider, but you would never have guessed that today. Scott showed just how much he's matured as a rider, battling it out on equal terms at the front of the race with De Angelis, a former MotoGP podium finisher who's been racing in Grand Prix since 1999. Experience eventually won out here in Australia, but I think his performance today shows that it won't be long before we see Scott on that top step of the podium. For Hector it was a difficult weekend that ended prematurely when he got caught up in someone else's crash. I hope he can put this race behind him and focus on a strong performance next time out in Estoril, to build his confidence going into his home race at Valencia."
-source: marc vds