POINTS FOR FAUBEL AS CONDITIONS TAKE THEIR TOLL ON REDDING Hector Faubel took a hard fought 11th place in today's Malaysian Grand Prix, after battling his way through the field from 17th position on the grid. Scott Redding was forced to retire...
POINTS FOR FAUBEL AS CONDITIONS TAKE THEIR TOLL ON REDDING
Hector Faubel took a hard fought 11th place in today's Malaysian Grand Prix, after battling his way through the field from 17th position on the grid. Scott Redding was forced to retire from the race due to heat exhaustion, brought on by the extreme conditions at the Sepang circuit.
A bad start saw Faubel slip down to 22nd place by the end of the opening lap, but the 27-year-old Spaniard got his head down and was quickly matching the lap times of the leading group of riders. The Marc VDS rider fought his way through the field, picking off riders on every lap, eventually moving into tenth position on lap 13.
A hard charging Simone Corsi managed to squeeze his way past Faubel with just four laps left to run. With front-end problems slowing his progress, the former Grand Prix winner was unable to react to Corsi's challenge and was forced to settle for 11th place at the line.
Scott Redding got a flying start from eighth on the grid, putting in some hard passes early on to move up into third place. The 17-year-old Briton was running comfortably in the top four up until the halfway point, when the extremely hot conditions began to take their toll. Redding initially dropped back, but was eventually forced to retire from the race as controlling his Suter MMX machine became an issue in his weakened state.
The Marc VDS Racing Team will leave Malaysia tomorrow, heading into the Southern Hemisphere for the first time this season, for next weekend's Australian Grand Prix at the iconic Phillip Island circuit.
Hector Faubel #55: 11th
"The final result might not show it, but today was a pretty good race for me. I got a really bad start, but then I found a good rhythm and started working my way through the field, overtaking riders on every lap. I managed to get as high as tenth position, but Simone Corsi came past me right at the end and I just didn't have the pace to respond. The bike was pretty good, although I did have a problem with the front trying to close when I released the brakes; the same problem we had on Friday. Now I'm looking forward to going to Phillip Island with more confidence and, I hope, where conditions won't be quite as tough as they were this weekend."
Scott Redding #45: DNF
"I'm really disappointed with today. I got a good start and was battling away at the front for the first half of the race, but then I started to struggle on the bike, as I got more and more dehydrated. I thought I'd prepared enough for the race, but I think the increased humidity caught me out and, by lap 12, I was having real problems just staying on the bike. In the end I didn't have any option but to pull in, because it would have been dangerous to continue, not just for me but also for the guys I was racing with. We had the pace here, and that gives me confidence going into the next race in Australia, but I need to think more about how I prepare for races in extreme conditions in the future. Congratulations to Toni Elias on clinching the first ever Moto2 World Championship title today, he's a worthy champion."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Hector rode a good race, quickly finding his rhythm and setting consistent laps throughout. He was handicapped by his grid position today otherwise he'd have been well inside the top ten. With Scott we all learned something here. Sometimes we just assume he knows what to do, while forgetting he's only 17-years-old with limited experience of conditions such as we experienced today. It's an error we won't make again. It was disappointing that he had to pull in when he was battling at the front of the race, but you only had to see him trying to get off the bike to know he made the right decision. He'll bounce back in Australia, where I expect both riders to put in strong performances."
-source: marc vds