REDDING MISSES OUT ON POINTS IN MOTO2 SPECTACULAR Scott Redding finished 16th in Jerez, narrowly missing out on his first Moto2 World Championship points in an action-packed race that had to be restarted after a second lap crash involving nine...
REDDING MISSES OUT ON POINTS IN MOTO2 SPECTACULAR
Scott Redding finished 16th in Jerez, narrowly missing out on his first Moto2 World Championship points in an action-packed race that had to be restarted after a second lap crash involving nine riders left oil on the track. Hector Faubel's race ended prematurely when Alex Baldolini ran into him and caused him to crash out after just two laps.
An collision between championship leader Shoya Tomizawa and Simone Corsi as they braked for Dry Sack corner at the end of the main straight saw both riders crash. Tomizawa's bike leaked fuel onto the track, which brought down at least five following riders and caused the race to be stopped.
Restarting from 26th position on the grid, Redding fought his way through the field and into a battle with Anthony West and Stefan Bradl. The 17-year-old Briton dropped off the back of the group at mid-race distance, after being pushed wide by West and then being hit by at least four riders, but he regrouped and managed to rejoin the battle for 14th as the race drew to a close. In the final stages the Marc VDS rider pushed hard, but was unable to get the better of West and take the final points scoring position.
Despite the disappointment of finishing outside the points by just 0.2s, Redding was happy with the progress he made with the Suter MMX machine during today's race, which will pay dividends for the youngster at Le Mans in three weeks time.
Faubel made up places from the start and had settled into a good rhythm on the bike when he was hit by Alex Baldolini just two laps into the race. The Spaniard was stretchered away by medical staff after winding himself in the resulting crash, but returned to the Marc VDS Racing Team pit box shortly afterwards with nothing more than minor bruising to his leg, where Baldolini's machine had made contact.
Scott Redding #45: 16th Position
"That was some race. It was carnage out there early on, with people banging into you from all sides at almost every corner. From the restart, and once the field had sorted itself out a bit, I managed to find a good rhythm and I was lapping at the same time as the guys at the front of the race and having a good battle with Westy into the bargain. Then the tyres started to go off, I got pushed wide and I dropped off the back of the group a little bit. The feeling was the same as in practice and qualifying, but this time I carried on pushing and there was still some grip to be had. Unfortunately I couldn't overhaul Westy at the end for my first championship points, but I enjoyed myself today, learnt a lot in the race and it's all good experience. I'm looking forward to getting to Le Mans now and, hopefully, picking up my first championship points there."
Hector Faubel #55: DNF
"I got a good start and I'd found a good rhythm on the bike, but then I got hit by Alex Baldolini after just two laps and crashed out of the race. I am disappointed, because we could have had a good result here, which would have been some reward for my team, all of whom have worked really hard this weekend. Luckily I wasn't injured in the crash; I have some bruising on my leg, but this will be gone well before the next race in Le Mans."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"I'm sorry for Hector; he's continued to improve in every session and would have had a good result today if he hadn't been the innocent victim in Baldolini's crash. I look forward to seeing him back on the bike in Le Mans, where I'm confident he'll close even further on the fastest riders. Scott's finishing position was a direct result of starting from only 26th place on the grid. His lap times were good - as fast as the race leaders at some points in the race - but starting so far down the grid means he had to fight his way past riders who were more than happy to lean on him to deny him track position. The most important thing is that Scott now understands that when we have a problem, he needs to be part of the solution. He had the same problems in the race that he had during practice and qualifying, but this time he successfully rode through them. This was an important lesson and one that will be important for him in the future."
-source: marc vds