Scott Redding and Hector Faubel both finished today's qualifying session at Le Mans less than one second off the pole position time set by Kenny Noyes, but so close is the field in the Moto2 class the two Marc VDS Racing Team riders will start ...
Scott Redding and Hector Faubel both finished today's qualifying session at Le Mans less than one second off the pole position time set by Kenny Noyes, but so close is the field in the Moto2 class the two Marc VDS Racing Team riders will start tomorrow's 26-lap race from a disappointing 21st and 27th place on the grid respectively.
Redding struggled to find a good rhythm at the start of the session, which was punctuated by a number of yellow flags as riders were caught out by the change in track conditions since this morning's free practice session. The 17-year-old Briton managed to improve his lap times as the session progressed, but ran out of time and had to settle for a start from the sixth row of the grid in tomorrow's 26-lap Moto2 race.
Hector Faubel continued to improve aboard the Marc VDS Suter MMX machine, breaking into the top 15 at the midpoint of today's 45 minute qualifying session, but then dropping down the order to 27th place after opting for the softer option front tyre towards the end of qualifying. The 26-year-old Spaniard will start from the seventh row of the grid tomorrow but, just like his teammate, is determined to fight his way through to a points scoring position over the 26-laps of the Bugatti circuit at Le Mans.
Scott Redding #45: 21st - 1'40.087
"Obviously I'm very disappointed today. I struggled to get a good feeling with the bike early on in the qualifying session and it wasn't until the last 15 minutes that I managed to find a good rhythm and my lap times started to come down. With just one second separating the first 28 riders your fastest lap in qualifying needs to be close to perfect if you're to start the race from near the front of the grid. Make one mistake and you're down on the sixth row, as I found out again today. I need to find some consistency in qualifying, to eliminate the small mistakes that can mean the difference between first and 21st position on the grid. Tomorrow I just need to try and make up as many places as I can from the start and then continue to pick up positions at every opportunity throughout the race."
Hector Faubel #55: 27th - 1'40.203
"The feeling with the bike continues to improve. I managed to break into the top 15 during the middle part of the session, which I was happy about, but we made a mistake right at the end when we decided to try the softer front tyre. There was just too much grip and the tyre was moving around a lot in the turns, with the front closing everywhere. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time left to switch back to the harder front tyre and I wasn't able to improve on 27th position before the session ended. It will be hard tomorrow, because I'm starting so far back on the grid, but my race pace is good and I'll just have to push as hard as I can to try and get into the points by the end of the race."
Pete Benson: Crew Chief - Scott Redding
"Scott's feeling with the bike and the tyres is a lot better than it was in Qatar and Jerez and his lap times are pretty good when taken in isolation. But pretty good isn't enough in Moto2, where the smallest margin can be the difference between hero and zero in qualifying. What we need to work on with Scott now is eliminating the small mistakes that are costing him time on even his fastest laps and to make him a bit more consistent. We also need to look at how we approach practice and qualifying to see if there are improvements to be had in this area too."
-source: marc vds