M2: French GP: Marc VDS preview

REDDING AND FAUBEL READY FOR LE MANS Scott Redding and Hector Faubel head for this weekend's French Grand Prix at Le Mans determined to secure the Marc VDS Racing Team's first Moto2 World Championship points, after missing out at the opening two...

REDDING AND FAUBEL READY FOR LE MANS

Scott Redding and Hector Faubel head for this weekend's French Grand Prix at Le Mans determined to secure the Marc VDS Racing Team's first Moto2 World Championship points, after missing out at the opening two rounds in Qatar and Jerez.

Redding came close in Jerez, fighting his way through from 26th on the grid to finish 16th in the race, missing out on the last points scoring position by the narrowest of margins. Faubel's Jerez race unfortunately ended prematurely after just two laps, when the Spaniard crashed out after being hit from behind by Alex Baldolini.

Both Marc VDS riders know that qualifying will be critical at Le Mans. With the top half of the field separated by less than a second a good grid position for the race is vital if they're going to achieve their aim of scoring their first championship points this weekend.

The 4.185 km / 2.6 mile Bugatti circuit at Le Mans is one of the least technical on the Moto2 calendar, but the first part of the track could well cause problems for the 40 strong field at the start of the race. The ultra-fast turn one is followed by a tight, off-camber chicane, which could easily prove a bottleneck as 40 riders jostle for position at the start of the race. The remainder of the circuit comprises slow corners joined by short straights, which requires a good balance between outright braking performance and the ability to get on the throttle early out of the turns.

Scott Redding #45
"We made a step forward during the Jerez race, although it wasn't really reflected in the result, but now we need to continue improving at Le Mans. Qualifying will be critical this weekend, as the off-camber chicane just before the Dunlop Bridge isn't a place you want to be approaching mid-pack in a 40-rider field! As I learnt in Jerez, if you get caught in the pack then you spend the whole race swapping positions with the people around you and that just loses you time. We need to be up the front from the start and the easiest way to guarantee that is to secure a good grid position in qualifying on Saturday afternoon. A start from the first three rows would be good, but the front two rows would be a lot better. If we can do that then, hopefully, we'll be in a position to bag our first championship points of the season in the race."

Hector Faubel #55
"Jerez was a difficult weekend, because all the other riders had tested at the circuit twice, so I was playing catch up from the start. Le Mans is different; nobody has tested there so far this season, so it's more of a level playing field. I know the track very well, having finished second there in the 250cc race last year, so I'm looking forward to this weekend. With so many riders on track in the Moto2 class the first chicane on the opening lap is going to be very busy, so it's important I qualify on the first three rows of the grid and then get a good start in the race. I need to pick up some points this weekend to get my championship on track, and that's what we'll be aiming for."

Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Our GT1 team set the standard last weekend with a class win in the 1000km of Spa endurance race, now we need to start matching this in Moto2. But we also need to be realistic at this point in the season and the aim for Le Mans must be for both riders to score their first championship points. Scott learnt a lesson in Jerez about the importance of qualifying towards the front of the grid, because with the bikes and riders so evenly matched, it's difficult to make up places in the race. He's aware of this and I know he's been thinking about the best ways to improve in qualifying. Hopefully we'll see him put this into practice on Saturday afternoon and give himself the best chance in the race, by securing a start from the first three rows of the grid. Hector made some big improvements in Jerez and looked all set for a good race until he was taken out after just two laps. He's much more comfortable on the bike now and I expect him to be pushing Scott quite hard this weekend in Le Mans."

-source: marc vds

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