FIRST POINTS FOR REDDING IN LE MANS SPECTACULAR Scott Redding was delighted to score his first Moto2 World Championship points with an 11th place finish in today's French Grand Prix at Le Mans. Unfortunately, his Marc VDS teammate, Hector...
FIRST POINTS FOR REDDING IN LE MANS SPECTACULAR
Scott Redding was delighted to score his first Moto2 World Championship points with an 11th place finish in today's French Grand Prix at Le Mans. Unfortunately, his Marc VDS teammate, Hector Faubel, suffered a disappointing end to his weekend when he was forced to retire after a crash with just ten laps of the race left to run.
Redding, starting from 21st position on the grid, got a lightning start and made up 11 places before the Dunlop chicane by riding the kerb through the ultra-fast turn one. This tactic, while risky, also meant that he avoided the hold up following a crash in the middle of the chicane involving Karel Abraham and Dominique Aegerter.
Redding was unable to hold on to the group in front of him and spent most of the race riding alone, before being caught by the battle between Stefan Bradl, Roberto Rolfo and Yonny Hernandez in the closing stages. The 17-year-old Briton was unable to hold off the challenge of Bradl and Rolfo, but did manage to stay ahead of Hernandez to take 11th place and five championship points at the chequered flag.
Faubel also got a good start from 27th position on the grid and, by midrace distance, had managed to force his way through the field into 16th place. The 26-year-old Spaniard was looking certain to finish in the points, but was caught out when he lost the front at the S Bleus corner and crashed. Faubel rejoined the race, but was forced to retire with a broken steering damper.
Scott Redding #45: 11th Position
"I wasn't that quick off the line, but I just rode the bike down the outside kerb at turn one and that gave me a really good run into the left-hander at the Dunlop chicane. The middle part of the race I did on my own and my lap times did drop off a bit, but I managed to pick up the pace towards the end when I was battling with Rolfo and Bradl. I'm happy enough to pick up my first points in the championship, but there's still a lot of work to do. I need to improve both my practice and qualifying pace, as my grid positions so far have made a hard job even more difficult. This is something we'll definitely be looking at ahead of the next race in Mugello."
Hector Faubel #55: DNF
"It was difficult today, that's for sure. My start was pretty good and in the early stages I was able to make up quite a few places, putting me in 16th place at around midrace distance. I think it was possible for me to finish inside the points today, maybe in 14th or 15th position, but then I lost the front and crashed in the same place we'd been having problems during practice and qualifying. I managed to rejoin the race, but the steering damper mount had been snapped off in the crash and it wasn't possible to continue. I was disappointed because the team have done a great job this weekend and we'd made another step forward, but I must now look forward to Mugello. I've won there twice before and it's a circuit at which I'm happy to push that little bit harder."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Scott got a great start today and made up a lot of places in the run up to the Dunlop Chicane by taking a calculated risk and running almost on the kerb through turn one. The problem was that he struggled to maintain his lap times during the mid part of the race. He was fast at the start and he was fast at the end, but there was a dip in the middle and this is something we have to look at eliminating for the future. It was a good result though, especially given his qualifying position, and I'm sure it's given him a confidence boost that will see him further up the field next time out in Mugello. Hector was also having a good race and looked set for a points scoring finish, but lost the front at the same place he's been having problems all weekend and was forced to retire. But, while I know he's disappointed, he should take some consolation from the fact that he's made more improvements this weekend and is now able to match Scott's lap times. It's good to finally score our first championship points and I am looking forward to adding to them when we travel to Mugello for the Italian Grand Prix in two weeks time."
-source: marc vds