FIRST CORNER CRASH ENDS MARC VDS HOPES AT CATALUNYA Scott Redding and Hector Faubel were both left disappointed today, as a first corner crash forced them both out of the Moto2 race at the Grand Prix of Catalunya. As the 41 rider field ...
FIRST CORNER CRASH ENDS MARC VDS HOPES AT CATALUNYA
Scott Redding and Hector Faubel were both left disappointed today, as a first corner crash forced them both out of the Moto2 race at the Grand Prix of Catalunya.
As the 41 rider field negotiated turn one on the opening lap a move up the inside of the corner by Alex Debon set off a chain reaction that caused four riders to crash and forced almost half the field to take avoiding action. Faubel was one of the four riders who crashed, after being hit by both Debon and Di Meglio's bikes on their way to the gravel trap. The 26-year-old Spaniard, who was uninjured in the crash, managed to rejoin the race but the bike was too damaged to continue.
Redding, slightly further back and on the outside of the turn, had to take avoiding action and run out wide onto the kerb, where he was hit from behind by another rider who'd also been forced wide by the incident. The 17-year-old Briton rejoined the race in the bottom half of the field, but struggled to make up places in the early laps due to the collision damage on his Suter MMX machine.
With the problem worsening with each lap, and his lap times increasing significantly, Redding opted to retire from the race on lap 12, rather than risk causing a crash as the rest of the field came past him later in the race.
Both riders were bitterly disappointed to be sidelined by someone else's mistake, but will now focus their attentions on the next round in the Moto2 World Championship, which takes place in just two weeks time at the Sachsenring in Germany.
Scott Redding #45: DNF
"I came into the first turn on the outside of the pack, so I wasn't involved in the crash itself, but I did have to run out wide to avoid the bikes and riders sliding towards the gravel trap. Just as I straightened the bike up I got a good whack from behind off another rider. After the collision the bike just didn't feel right and the handling got worse with every lap. I couldn't see anything obviously wrong with it, but after just a few more laps it had worsened to the point where the bike was almost impossible to ride. I was a bit worried that it might be something serious so, rather than cause a crash I decided to retire. I'm disappointed both for myself and for the team, because we put a lot of work in this weekend and we had a good chance of a strong result here."
Hector Faubel #55: DNF
"I am so disappointed. We made a big step forward with the bike this weekend and I was looking forward to a good race in front of my home crowd. I got a good start and had moved up a whole grid row at the first turn, but then Alex Debon and Mike Di Meglio's bikes appeared from nowhere, crashed right into me and down I went. I got the bike going again, but I could only cruise back to the pits because there was a lot of damage to the front brake. It's frustrating, but I will try and put this behind me now and look forward to the next round in Germany, where I hope I'll have better luck."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Both riders were the victims today of someone else's crash. Hector got knocked off at the first turn and, although he managed to get going again, there was no way he could continue with no front brakes. Scott wasn't directly involved but got hit from behind as he took to the outside of the track to avoid the crash. There is clearly damage to the bike, which we need to assess fully, but he decided to play it safe and retire when the handling deteriorated after the collision. It's a disappointing end to what was a promising weekend, but now we need to bounce back and score two solid results next time out at the Sachsenring."
-source: marc vds