SEPANG SECOND ROW FOR FRUSTRATED REDDING Scott Redding was bitterly disappointed to miss out on his fifth front row start in succession at Sepang, as slower riders baulked him on all of his flying laps during this afternoon's 45-minute...
SEPANG SECOND ROW FOR FRUSTRATED REDDING
Scott Redding was bitterly disappointed to miss out on his fifth front row start in succession at Sepang, as slower riders baulked him on all of his flying laps during this afternoon's 45-minute qualifying session. Redding will start tomorrow from eighth position on the grid while his Marc VDS teammate, Hector Faubel, will start from row four after qualifying in 17th place.
Redding looked set to claim a front row start on three separate occasions during qualifying, but each time he was baulked by a rider slowing in front of him to wait for a tow around the 5.548km Sepang circuit. The 17-year-old Briton also lost time as he tried to shake off a train of riders behind him, all hoping to benefit from his pace to improve their own qualifying positions.
In the end Redding was forced to settle for eighth position and the second row of the grid, but is determined to fight once again at the front of the field in tomorrow's 19-lap Moto2 race, which is guaranteed to be a real battle of attrition in the extreme conditions of Malaysia.
Faubel fell foul of the tyre allocation for this race and was unable to set a fast lap time as the front threatened to close on almost every corner. Unable to use the softer option front tyre here in Malaysia, the 27-year-old Spaniard had no option but to run the harder front for longer, which was pushing when matched with a new rear slick. The team will make changes to the set-up of Faubel's Suter MMX machine overnight, to find a better balance between front and rear grip for tomorrow's race.
Scott Redding #45: 8th - 2'09.335
"I am far from happy about missing out on the front row, because I had the pace for it today. To start with I had a load of riders sat behind me trying to get a tow and, when I slowed down to get rid of them, they all slowed down as well! I wouldn't have minded so much if slower riders had got in the way on my flying laps, but it was people riding around waiting for a tow who ruined every single one of them. It's gone beyond annoying now. We've got the pace for the race tomorrow. It's going to be tough because it's real hot out there, but I'll be going full gas as always and a podium finish is still a possibility."
Hector Faubel #55: 17th - 2'09.794
"Everything about the bike feels good, except the front, which keeps closing on me with no warning. The problem is the tyre allocation for this track, which doesn't really suit me. We can't run the softer option front, so we have to make our four harder fronts last all weekend. It meant running the tyre for longer, which caused it to push whenever we switched to a new rear slick. We'd probably have been quicker on an old rear today, and that's not right. Hopefully we can improve things overnight, but it's going to be a tough race tomorrow, firstly because of the starting position and secondly because of the conditions."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"It's disappointing that Scott missed out on his fifth consecutive front row start because of others, but he has the race pace and he can still play a big part in tomorrow's race from the second row. Hector has struggled with the front end of the bike all weekend. It will be difficult to find a complete solution overnight, but I hope that, tomorrow, he will be able to make up places once again during the race and bring the bike home in the points. The conditions here mean the race will be difficult for everyone, but I know our two riders will be pushing as hard as ever."
-source: marc vds