Scott Redding is confident he can fight for the podium in the opening Moto2 World Championship race in Qatar, despite a difficult qualifying session... Redding targets podium fight despite difficult qualifying session

Scott Redding is confident he can fight for the podium in the opening Moto2 World Championship race in Qatar, despite a difficult qualifying session tonight.

The Marc VDS rider started the 45-minute qualifying session confident that gearbox and rear suspension modifications to his Suter MMXI machine would help him continue the impressive form he displayed in practice.

But having finished third overall at the end of free practice, the 18-year was unable to find a comfortable rhythm on the 5.38km Losail International Circuit and he will start from 10th position on the grid for tomorrow night’s 20-lap race.

A time of 2.01.564 secured Redding a place on the fourth row of the grid with the Moto2 class switching to a new grid format for 2011, with three instead of four riders per row.

In a change to the normal weekend schedule, the Warm-Up session also took place tonight with Redding and Kallio finishing 11th and 19th respectively.

Scott Redding #45 – 2.01.564 – 15 laps
“That’s not the result I was expecting at all. I couldn’t get the rear tyre to work in the first part of the session and after that I struggled to get into a rhythm. I was trying to do lots of different things to improve my pace but it feels like I’m at the limit of what the bike is capable of doing. We made an improvement with the rear traction but now I don’t have a lot of front feel, so we’ve got to try and find a better balance for the race. I’m pretty sure I could have been a bit faster at the end but as is always the case in Moto2, there was a lot of traffic and some riders just sitting in the middle of the track. That’s not an excuse and I’m not over the moon with the result. With only three riders per row now qualifying is more important than ever, so I’ve got to make a lightning start, get my head down and try and go with the front group.”

Michael Bartholemy – Team Manager
“Unfortunately it was a difficult qualifying session and the result is definitely not what we expected, so we have to do a lot better in the race. I thought we were going to be much closer to the front with Scott and Mika, so we are disappointed because both of them struggled for almost the whole session. It was only in the last few minutes that we started to see Scott making some good lap times but it still wasn’t fast enough to be close to the front. After Scott’s performance in winter testing and his third position in practice, we were hoping he would be much higher and at least on the second row.”

Source: MarcVDS Racing

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