POINTS SCORING FINISH FOR FAUBEL AT BRNO Hector Faubel achieved his aim of a points scoring finish in today's Moto2 Grand Prix at Brno, bringing his Marc VDS Suter MMX machine home in 12th place. Scott Redding looked all set for top five finish,...
POINTS SCORING FINISH FOR FAUBEL AT BRNO
Hector Faubel achieved his aim of a points scoring finish in today's Moto2 Grand Prix at Brno, bringing his Marc VDS Suter MMX machine home in 12th place. Scott Redding looked all set for top five finish, but ended the race in 22nd place after a collision while battling for position during the early stages.
Faubel got a good start from the fifth row of the grid and, for the first time in three races, managed to avoid getting caught up in someone else's crash at the normally chaotic first turn. The 27-year-old Spaniard quickly settled into a good rhythm on the bike, as he started to progress through the field.
After so much bad luck recently, the Marc VDS rider was somewhat relieved to make it to the end of the race without incident and happy with the progress both he and his crew have made with his Suter MMX Moto2 machine at this race.
After qualifying tenth on the grid, his highest qualifying position of the year so far, Redding was looking forward to getting the second half of his season off to a good start with a top five finish at Brno. The 17-year-old Briton looked set to achieve his aim, battling hard in the leading group during the opening laps. But, as he tried to retake seventh place from Fonsi Nieto, Redding ran into the back of the Spaniard and dropped back to 27th position in the tightly packed field.
The Marc VDS rider was disappointed not to progress higher than 22nd place by the end of the race, despite some hard overtaking manoeuvres during the closing stages.
Hector Faubel #55: 12th Posiiton
"It was good to actually get past the first corner without being involved in someone else's crash for once. It was a good race and I was able to fight throughout for position and I'm happy to have finished in the points. I have worked hard with my team to improve the bike this weekend and I think the compromise we've made in terms of set-up is a good one. The bike certainly felt better during the race than it has before and I'm looking forward to continuing the improvements next time out in Indianapolis. The changes to the bike and this result have given me a real confidence boost, which I hope will allow me to finally kickstart my season."
Scott Redding #45: 22nd Position
"I got a good start, was on the pace and having a good battle in the leading group. I was pushing to make up more places when, unfortunately, I collided with Fonsi Nieto and got pushed off line. The field was so close together that I'd dropped right back to 27th by the time I'd got everything back together. Then it was a real battle to try and claw back places. I could make passes, but actually making them stick was much harder. After securing our best grid position of the season, I'm obviously disappointed with the final result, but I'm also determined to bounce back in two weeks time at the Indianapolis Grand Prix."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Scott had the potential to finish in the top five today, so I'm obviously disappointed that he didn't; as much for him as for the team. The collision was just one of those things - this can happen when you're battling for position at the front of a field as big as that in Moto2. I'm sure Scott is also disappointed, but I hope he will be able to take the positives from this weekend, of which there are many. Hector has had some bad luck in the last few races, where he was caught up in other people's crashes. I'm happy that he had a good race today and achieved his aim of finishing in the points, as it will really boost his confidence and, as a result, I'm sure we'll see some more solid performances from Hector during the second half of the season."
-source: marc vds