FIRST PODIUM FOR REDDING AT INDIANAPOLIS Scott Redding secured his, and the Marc VDS Racing Team's, first ever podium in the all-new Moto2 class with an impressive ride to third place in today's Indianapolis Grand Prix. Hector Faubel was also ...
FIRST PODIUM FOR REDDING AT INDIANAPOLIS
Scott Redding secured his, and the Marc VDS Racing Team's, first ever podium in the all-new Moto2 class with an impressive ride to third place in today's Indianapolis Grand Prix. Hector Faubel was also running at the front of the field until a crash brought his race to a premature end.
Both Redding and Faubel started today's race from the front row of the grid, but were forced to do it all again when the race was stopped as a result of two separate crashes at turn two on the opening lap. Both Marc VDS riders got away from the line with the leading group from the restart, with Redding slotting into second place behind championship leader, Toni Elias.
Faubel was pushing hard in the fight for fifth place when a big slide threw the 27-year-old Spaniard over the highside. The Marc VDS rider was uninjured in the crash, but was unable to rejoin the race because of damage to the bike, which was leaking fuel that then ignited in spectacular fashion.
Redding, along with Elias and reigning 125cc World Champion, Julian Simon, had managed to escape at the front of the field by this time, building up a gap of more than two seconds over their pursuers. The 17-year-old Briton tried a number of times to squeeze past his more experienced rivals, but started to struggle with rear traction as his tyres started to go off. After a couple of big slides, the Marc VDS rider was left with no option but to back off, play it safe, and bring the bike home for his, and the Marc VDS Racing Team's, first podium finish in the hotly contested Moto2 class.
Scott Redding #45: 3rd Position
"I got away from the line in second place at the restart and I had no problem matching the pace of Elias and Simon during the early stages of the race. They were both taking some time out of me on the straight, but I was able to get this back through the first part of the track. I thought I could maybe get past the two of them at midrace distance, but then I started to struggle a little with rear grip and, after a couple of big warning slides, decided it was better to take third place than end the race in the gravel trap! It's a good result for me, and also for the team. Everyone in the team has worked so hard to get us up to the front of the race and this result was definitely a real team effort. I can't wait to go to Misano now, where I hope we can repeat our Indianapolis success."
Hector Faubel #55: DNF
"I'm very disappointed. I didn't get such a good start the first time, because the bike tried to wheelie away from the line. The restart was much better, but I had to push hard to stay with the group I was battling with. The rear of the bike came round with no warning really and there was nothing I could do to save it. I knew I wasn't going to be able to rejoin, as I saw a big sheet of flame coming out of the bike as it slid down the track. It's disappointing, but the bike was good, my feeling was good and, up until the crash, everything was going well. This gives me a lot of confidence going into Misano, where I'm obviously hoping for a better result."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"I'm sorry for Hector because he's had a great weekend here in Indianapolis and he deserved a good result today. He can take a lot of positives away from this weekend and I'm sure he'll be on the pace once again at Misano in a weeks time. Scott has also had a great weekend, consistently topping the timesheets throughout practice. His race today showed just how far he's come since the beginning of the season, as he battled it out with two very experienced riders at the front of the race. He had some problems with grip towards the end and very sensibly decided to let the battle for the lead go and settle for third place. This is his first Moto2 podium, but it's also the first for the Marc VDS Racing Team. Obviously I'm very happy, but I'm also a little sad that Marc van der Straten wasn't here at the track to see it, as we wouldn't even be here without him. I hope that he will be able to join us at the racetrack for our next podium finish, which I'm sure will come very soon."
-source: marc vds