FIGHTING FIFTH FOR ON FORM REDDING AT MOTEGI Scott Redding took a hard fought fifth place in today's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, after starting from the front row of the grid for the fourth consecutive race. Hector Faubel was disappointed to...
FIGHTING FIFTH FOR ON FORM REDDING AT MOTEGI
Scott Redding took a hard fought fifth place in today's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, after starting from the front row of the grid for the fourth consecutive race. Hector Faubel was disappointed to finish 30th today, following a collision with Gabor Talmacsi at midrace distance.
Redding got a good start and, together with Toni Elias, Julian Simon and Yuki Takahashi, built up a one second advantage over the pursuing pack in the early stages of the race. The 17-year-old British rider looked all set to battle it out for a podium finish, until the rubber cover on his gear lever worked loose causing him to miss gears on corner entry.
After dropping back to sixth place, the Marc VDS rider got his head down in the later stages of the race, eventually catching and passing Takahashi to reclaim fifth position. Redding pushed hard to try and make contact with the battle for the final podium position ahead of him, but ran out of laps and had to settle for fifth place at the chequered flag.
Today's result leaves Redding just one point away from the top ten in the championship standings.
After a qualifying crash left him down in 24th position on the grid, Faubel knew today's race was going to be hard, but it ended up being a lot tougher than he could ever have imagined. The 27-year-old Spaniard got pushed onto the inside kerb at the first turn and lost ground, but fought his way back through the field to lie 22nd at mid-race distance.
A points scoring finish remained a real possibility for Faubel, until the collision with Talmacsi left him trailing the field. The Marc VDS rider continued to push, fighting his way back up to 30th position at the chequered flag.
The Marc VDS Racing Team will now travel to Sepang in Malaysia, where they will contest round 14 of the Moto2 World Championship next weekend.
Scott Redding #45: 5th
"That was a tough race. I got a good start and managed to break away with Elias, Simon and Takahashi, but these guys were just so fast and I was struggling to stay with them. Then the rubber came off the gear lever and I missed the right gear on corner entry a couple of times, which was enough to lose contact with the leading trio. I made a few mistakes midrace, but got my head down in the later stages and retook fifth place. With a few more laps I could probably have bridged the gap to the battle for third, but it was too late. Like I said, it was a tough race today, so I'm happy enough with fifth position and looking forward already to next weekend in Malaysia."
Hector Faubel #55: 30th
"Today was a bad day. I got boxed in at the first turn and pushed onto the kerbs on the inside of the corner when everyone shut the door on me. That lost me a lot of time and I then had to spend the first half of the race working my way back up through the field. Just when I started to think a points scoring finish was possible I ran into the back of Talmacsi under braking and rejoined the race almost dead last. It's been a tough weekend all round and one I want to put behind me. My crew have all worked really hard to turn things around this weekend, so I'm sorry for them that things didn't go as well as we wanted here in Japan. I hope that next weekend in Malaysia I'll be able to put things right with a good result."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"I'm happy with fifth place for Scott today, in what was a very tough race. The problem with the gear lever meant he lost contact with the leading group, which put the pressure on him and caused him to make a few small mistakes midrace. He recovered well though, fighting back at the end to reclaim fifth position from Takahashi. We need to look at the middle of the race to see how we can improve Scott's consistency, but overall I'm very satisfied with his result today. For Hector the race was just a continuation of his whole weekend, which has been very difficult. It was always going to be tough to make headway from 24th position on the grid, but he fought hard in the early stages, only to drop back again after colliding with Talmacsi. I know he will be looking to make amends with a good result next weekend in Malaysia and I hope he is able to do so."
-source: marc vds