MORE TO COME FROM MARC VDS AT LE MANS Marc VDS Racing Team riders, Scott Redding and Hector Faubel, ended today in 18th and 25th place respectively at Le Mans, but both are confident of significant improvements during tomorrow's practice and ...
MORE TO COME FROM MARC VDS AT LE MANS
Marc VDS Racing Team riders, Scott Redding and Hector Faubel, ended today in 18th and 25th place respectively at Le Mans, but both are confident of significant improvements during tomorrow's practice and qualifying sessions.
Normally a track at which the changeable weather plays a big part, conditions for today's opening practice session at Le Mans were almost perfect. Unseasonably warm weather meant elevated track temperatures and more grip than would normally be available, on a track that is renowned for being slippery under normal conditions.
The extra grip caused a few problems for Faubel who, after making improvements to the set-up of his Suter MMX machine during the first half of the hour long session, ran into problems with front end chatter during the second half. The 26-year-old Spaniard was upbeat about today's performance and is confident that, together with his crew, he can dial out the chatter ahead of tomorrow's all-important qualifying session.
Redding was also upbeat following today's session, although a little disappointed not to finish higher up the timesheet. The 17-year-old Briton quickly found a good feeling with his Suter MMX machine around the technical and tricky Le Mans circuit, but lost time to mistakes as he pushed too hard for a fast lap time at the end of the session. Like his teammate, Redding is confident of further improvements tomorrow ahead of qualifying, where he's targeting a position on the front three rows of the grid for Sunday's 26 lap race.
Scott Redding #45: 18th - 1'41.161
"The feeling with the bike was pretty good today, but there are still a few areas in which we need to improve. The positive thing is that we know where these areas are, and we have a good idea of how to make the improvements we need. At the moment I'm not losing a lot of time in any one place, but rather a little bit of time everywhere. We made some set-up changes during the session that made things better and we need to continue this trend tomorrow. The main focus will be on getting the bike to track better through the esses, as the tendency now is for the bike to run wide when I let off the brakes. I also need to relax a bit on the bike, as I was pushing a bit too hard this afternoon and made a few mistakes as a result. If we can continue to improve things then I think we will be in a much stronger position for qualifying tomorrow afternoon."
Hector Faubel #55: 25th - 1'41.363
"My feeling with the bike is better than it was at Jerez, but the first part of the session was still a little bit difficult until we made some changes to the suspension set-up. We made a few other changes during the practice and we will look for more improvements in the data overnight, but I'm confident that I'll have a good bike for tomorrow. I'm not so happy with the lap time this afternoon but, overall, I'm pleased that we have made some improvements with the bike and that there is the potential for even more improvements before qualifying tomorrow afternoon."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Our lap times could always be better, but I'm happy that both riders already have a good feeling on a track at which we normally experience much worse weather conditions. Hector's confidence in the bike is increasing all the time and he's getting closer to Scott's lap times. We know he is fast at Le Mans, his second place in the 250cc race here last year proves that, so I hope he will be able to further improve his lap times during qualifying tomorrow. Scott is also looking more comfortable on the bike and is confident of going faster tomorrow. He tried a bit too hard towards the end of session and made some mistakes as a result, but he realises he needs to relax more, so this is something that he's already taken onboard. Both riders know how critical qualifying is here, so I'm sure they'll be pushing for the front three rows tomorrow afternoon."
-source: marc vds