M2: Japanese GP: Marc VDS Friday report

REDDING OFF TO A FLYER AT MOTEGI Scott Redding got his Japanese Grand Prix weekend off to a flying start today, finishing the opening free practice fourth fastest aboard his Marc VDS Moto2 machine. A crash after just four laps lost Hector ...

REDDING OFF TO A FLYER AT MOTEGI

Scott Redding got his Japanese Grand Prix weekend off to a flying start today, finishing the opening free practice fourth fastest aboard his Marc VDS Moto2 machine. A crash after just four laps lost Hector Faubel valuable time, leaving him down in 35th position at the conclusion of this afternoon's hour-long session.

Redding was quick to make his mark at Motegi this afternoon, breaking into the top five on the timesheet right at the start of free practice. A change to the gearing on his Suter MMX machine lost the 17-year-old Briton some time during the session, but he was immediately back on the pace on his return to the track.

The Marc VDS rider was running in fourth place as the session came to a close, but looked certain to top the timesheet with his very last lap, after setting the fastest time through the first three splits. Unfortunately for Redding he was baulked by a slower rider in the final turn and was unable to better the time of Julian Simon, the fastest rider on track at Motegi this afternoon.

Faubel opted to run the harder option Dunlop tyres front and rear on his Suter MMX machine at the start of the session, but crashed after just four laps when he lost the front under braking. The 27-year-old Spaniard managed to ride the bike back to the pits, where the Marc VDS mechanics quickly repaired the crash damage, but was unable to improve upon 35th place on his return to the track.

Scott Redding #45: 4th - 1'54.458 "I'm happy enough with today's practice session. The bike and tyres felt
good from the off; it was a little bit loose, but you expect that here at Motegi. We had to change the gearing halfway through the session, which lost us some time, but the lap times seemed to come pretty easy towards the end. I was on for a lap time that would have seen me at the top of the timesheet right at the end of the session, but got held up by Jules Cluzel in the final corner - he was on his own fast lap and didn't know I was behind him. We might make some small changes to the bike overnight ready for tomorrow, when it'll be full gas in qualifying once again!"

Hector Faubel #55: 35th - 1'57.636
"We started the session on the harder option tyres front and rear. Grip was not so good here at Motegi today and, as I was braking in a straight line four laps into the practice, the front closed on me and I crashed. We lost a lot of time in the pits fixing the damage and we missed out on the chance to put in some faster laps. I hope the track conditions will improve tomorrow; the bike feels pretty good on track, although we maybe need to change the gearing slightly. What I need now is more laps on the bike, to get me closer to the top of the timesheet ahead of qualifying tomorrow afternoon."

Pete Benson: Scott Redding's Crew Chief
"That was a good session. Scott was happy with the whole package and that was reflected in his lap times, which were pretty consistent throughout. We had to shorten the gearing during the session, but Scott was back on the pace again straight away. He could have taken another 0.3s off his lap time on his last lap had he not been held up in the final corner, but fourth is good enough for the first day."

-source: marc vds

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Julian Simon , Scott Redding
Teams Marc VDS Racing