REDDING ADDS TO POINTS HAUL AT ASSEN Scott Redding fought his way through the field from the fifth row of the grid, to take a respectable 11th place in today's Moto2 race at the historic Circuit van Drenthe in Assen. Hector Faubel finished 25th...
REDDING ADDS TO POINTS HAUL AT ASSEN
Scott Redding fought his way through the field from the fifth row of the grid, to take a respectable 11th place in today's Moto2 race at the historic Circuit van Drenthe in Assen. Hector Faubel finished 25th in the race, ten places better than his qualifying position.
Redding got a good start from 19th position on the grid, but got blocked in around the first three turns as the 40-rider Moto2 grid negotiated the Assen circuit for the first time. The 17-year-old Briton managed to fight his way through the group immediately in front of him and then continued to pick off his rivals throughout the 24-lap race, as he lapped within two-tenths of the riders battling for the podium. A concerted effort in the closing stages saw the Marc VDS rider pass Simone Corsi for 11th place, netting him five more championship points.
After a difficult qualifying session that saw him complete only three fast laps, Faubel knew he was facing a tough task starting today's race from 35th position on the grid. The 26-year-old Spanish rider struggled to get his Suter MMX to hold a line through the fast turns in the race, a problem that has dogged him all weekend. Despite the difficulties, Faubel managed to make up ten places to secure 25th place and only his second race finish of the season so far.
Scott Redding #45: 11th
"The start was as crazy as always and I got blocked in around the first part of the track. But then I managed to fight my way through the first group of riders ahead of me, found a good rhythm and set some pretty quick lap times. The lap times suffered a bit every time I came up behind someone, but once past I was able to drop the times once again. I felt good, the bike felt good and the lap times were similar to those Elias and Luthi were doing at the front of the race, but I was on a hiding to nothing with the grid position today. We need to take a long hard look at our qualifying performance, to ensure we start from further up the grid in future.
Hector Faubel #55: 25th
"This weekend started difficult and it just got worse as it went on. Qualifying yesterday was a nightmare; I only managed three laps after the bike stopped with a technical problem and then I crashed after the problem had been rectified. This put me almost at the back of the grid, so I know it was going to be tough today. We've had a problem with the bike all weekend, where it runs wide as soon as you open the gas, and it was the same in the race. I managed to make up ten places in the race, and I'm happy to get another finish under my belt, but I'm far from satisfied with the final result. Now I need to focus on my home race in Barcelona next weekend, where I just hope we don't have the same problems with the bike."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Scott rode a good race today and his pace was very close to that of the group battling for the podium. The only reason he wasn't up there battling with them was because he started so far down the grid. This is something we need to address, as it's the only thing stopping Scott from scoring the results that, with his fourth place at Silverstone, he proved he is capable of. Hector has had a tough weekend here at Assen. I'm glad that he managed to finish the race today, as this will increase his confidence going into his home race at Barcelona, where I know he wants to put in a strong performance."
-source: marc vds