SECOND SUCCESSIVE FRONT ROW START FOR REDDING Scott Redding will start tomorrow's 26- lap Grand Prix San Marino Riviera Di Rimini from the front row of the grid, after qualifying in second place during this afternoon's 45-minute timed session at...
SECOND SUCCESSIVE FRONT ROW START FOR REDDING
Scott Redding will start tomorrow's 26- lap Grand Prix San Marino Riviera Di Rimini from the front row of the grid, after qualifying in second place during this afternoon's 45-minute timed session at the Misano circuit. Hector Faubel also put in a solid qualifying performance and will start tomorrow from the third row of the grid.
Redding threw down the gauntlet early on, taking advantage of a clear track ahead of him to take provisional pole position just five minutes into the session. The 17-year-old Briton continued to lap consistently throughout qualifying, but efforts to improve his time were hampered by slower riders and, as he returned to the pits for fresh tyres 30 minutes into the session, Redding was lying third on the timesheet.
The Marc VDS rider reclaimed the top spot on the timesheet with just two minutes of qualifying left to run, but lost out in the dying moments as current championship leader, Tony Elias, bettered his time by just 0.044s to deny the Gloucestershire teenager his first ever pole position. Redding will start tomorrow from second place on the grid; his second front row start in succession.
Set-up changes to his Suter MMX ahead of this afternoon's qualifying session didn't lead to the improvements expected for Hector Faubel and he was disappointed to end the session 11th fastest overall. The 27-year-old Spaniard is, however, confident that a switch back to the set-up that worked so well during this morning's free practice session will allow him to chase a top ten finish in tomorrow's race.
Scott Redding #45: 2nd - 1'39.035
"We've had good pace throughout practice, so I knew the only thing that would stop me qualifying well today would be the traffic. I got in a good lap early on, when a gap appeared on track, but I was pretty confident I could go faster. Right at the end of the session I managed to reclaim second, but I was a bit concerned about towing Cluzel around the next lap and having him leapfrog me at the line. I had a quick check behind me and, when I saw he'd dropped off slightly, I just got my head down and went for it. I was a bit disappointed to get pipped for pole by Toni Elias right at the end, but a front row start will do for me. Going full gas worked well for me in Indianapolis a week ago, so why change a successful formula!"
Hector Faubel #44: 11th - 1'40.045
"We had a fairly good set-up for practice this morning, but we made a few small changes to improve the balance of the bike ahead of qualifying. Unfortunately they didn't give the improvement we expected, which made qualifying harder than it should have been. I'm not so happy with 11th position on the grid, but I know a switch back to this morning's set-up will allow us to run a good pace in the race. If I can get a good start then a decent result is possible. I'm aiming for top ten, but it might well be possible to do a little better than that, depending on how things go in the early laps."
Jean-Michel Delporte: General Manager - Marc VDS Racing Team
"We were racing in the GT1 World Championship round at Nurburgring last weekend, so we missed seeing Scott and Hector claim the team's first front row starts in Indianapolis. To be here at Misano to see Scott claim his second front row start in succession, and Hector putting in another solid qualifying performance, goes some way to making up for it. Nobody is prouder of our Moto2 team and their achievements in such a fiercely contested championship than our President, Marc van der Straten. Marc was on the phone to congratulate the team before Scott had even returned to pit lane today, after watching the qualifying session on television! Now I am looking forward to tomorrow's race, and the real possibility of a second podium finish for the Marc VDS Racing Team."
-source: marc vds