M2: Catalunyan GP: Marc VDS preview

HECTOR FAUBEL HEADS HOME TO BARCELONA The Marc VDS Racing Team's Hector Faubel heads home to Spain and the Montmelo circuit outside Barcelona for the second race of the season in front of his home crowd. The 26-year-old Spaniard hails from ...

HECTOR FAUBEL HEADS HOME TO BARCELONA

The Marc VDS Racing Team's Hector Faubel heads home to Spain and the Montmelo circuit outside Barcelona for the second race of the season in front of his home crowd.

The 26-year-old Spaniard hails from Lliria, so counts the season finale at Valencia as his true home race, but the Marc VDS rider is looking forward to racing in front his fellow countrymen this weekend, on a circuit at which he has finished on the podium previously.

Faubel finished 24th at Jerez earlier in the season, but was still adapting to the Suter MMX Moto2 machine after being drafted into the Marc VDS Racing Team at the last minute and missing out on the winter testing that all of his rivals had completed at the circuit. This weekend in Barcelona, Faubel is determined to give the Spanish fans something to cheer with a much stronger performance.

Scott Redding heads for Barcelona determined to improve his chances in the race by qualifying closer to the front of the grid. The 17-year-old Briton had to fight his way through from 12th on the grid to take fourth place in Silverstone and then did the same from 20th on the grid to take 11th in Assen. With a better starting position this weekend in Barcelona, Redding sees no reason why he shouldn't be up there fighting at the front during the race.

Hector Faubel #55
"We've had two difficult races in a row, so the confidence isn't so high going into this weekend at Catalunya. We need to go back to the settings we ran on the bike at Mugello for this race, to eliminate some of the problems we had at Silverstone and Assen. We also need to improve in qualifying. I ended up further down the grid than I expected after having problems in qualifying for the last two races, and we simply can't afford a repeat this weekend. I need to be aiming for the first three rows of the grid if I am to have a chance of a good result this weekend, so that must be our first priority. The circuit is not so technical, but the last two fast corners onto the long start finish straight are critical to a good lap time, so this is where we must focus our efforts with the set-up of the bike. It will be good to race once again in front of my home crowd and I hope I can give them something to cheer about this weekend."

Scott Redding #45
"I know I can run at the same race pace as the riders battling for the podium, as we saw in Silverstone and Assen, so if we can improve in qualifying this weekend at Catalunya then a top eight finish should be well within our grasp. I like the track, but the bike set-up is always a compromise there. The first three turns need a bike that changes direction well, but there are also three places on the track where you need the bike to be stable under heavy braking. Then there are the last two turns, where you have to find the drive to carry speed onto the main straight, which is pretty long at Catalunya. I'm looking forward to this weekend; I just hope the track conditions won't be too hot, as this has caused us problems in the past."

Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Hector has had two difficult races in a row now, but I hope that the extra motivation of racing in front of his home crowd this weekend will allow him to make the same big step made by Scott at Silverstone three weeks ago. Top five may be asking too much, but a good result would increase his confidence, which has taken a hit recently. For Scott, he just needs to continue to challenge in the races. We know what we need to do to get him up there and battling in the top five or six, as does he, and that's what we'll be working on this weekend in Catalunya."

-source: marc vds

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Michael Bartholemy , Scott Redding
Teams Marc VDS Racing