SOLID START TO MISANO WEEKEND FOR MARC VDS The Marc VDS Racing Team riders got their Misano race weekend off to a solid start, as Hector Faubel finished this afternoon's free practice session seventh fastest, with Scott Redding five places...
SOLID START TO MISANO WEEKEND FOR MARC VDS
The Marc VDS Racing Team riders got their Misano race weekend off to a solid start, as Hector Faubel finished this afternoon's free practice session seventh fastest, with Scott Redding five places further back in 12th position.
With rear grip at a premium around the Misano circuit, Faubel used the early part of the session to make changes to the set-up of his Suter MMX machine, to improve both rear traction and front-end feeling. Like all the Moto2 riders, the 27-year-old Spaniard struggled to stop the bike backing into the turns at the end of the straights, but rode around the problem to record the seventh fastest time on his final lap.
Redding was running consistently in the top three for most of the early part of the session, but dropped down the order as he tried a few different settings on his Marc VDS liveried Moto2 bike. The British teenager looked set to post his fastest lap time right at the end of the session, to move back into the top three, but was forced to abandon the lap and walk back to the pits when his bike cut out exiting turn six.
Both Faubel and Redding were less than one second adrift of the fastest lap time of the session, set by Alex De Angelis, and both Marc VDS riders are confident of closing the gap even further during tomorrow's free practice and qualifying sessions.
Hector Faubel #55: 7th - 1'40.564
"We had a good session today. Like everyone we had some issues with rear traction, I was struggling to get the bike to hook up out of the turns early on. We also had some problems on corner entry, with the rear trying to come round on me all the time. We made some changes to the set-up of the bike, mainly the front suspension settings, and there was a little improvement. We need to change the gearing slightly tonight, as it was a little short in second gear when the bike was banked over and the rolling circumference of the tyre reduced, but this is a quick fix. Overall the feeling with the bike was good, the lap time was good and, although I'm not feeling 100 percent at the moment, I'm confident we can go even faster tomorrow."
Scott Redding #45: 12th - 1'40.768
"You really have to work hard to get the best from the bike here. Grip is a bit of an issue and the rear really wants to come round on you when you're hard on the brakes. To counter this I was trying to keep my weight on the inside, which improved things a little. I was expecting to jump back to the top end of the timesheet right at the end of the session, especially after going quickest through the first split, but then the bike cut out on me exiting turn six and I had to park it and walk back. I feel good on the bike, pretty much how I felt in Indianapolis, so I'm looking forward to getting a good run in qualifying and pushing for the front row of the grid once again."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Both riders made a good start to the weekend today. Hector steadily improved both his set-up and his lap times throughout the session and Scott looked all set to return to the top of the timesheet before the bike cut out. I am sure that both riders will continue to improve tomorrow, but they need to avoid getting embroiled in the battle of the Italians that seems to have kicked off this afternoon, both in qualifying and the race!"
-source: Marc VDS Moto2