Marc VDS Racing Team riders Scott Redding and Mika Kallio are both confident they can fight for a top six finish in tomorrow’s Spanish Moto2 race at Jerez, after qualifying next to each other on the fifth row of the grid.
Redding had another eventful session having made a blistering start to immediately slot himself into the top three in the early stages. Confident after an impressive display on worn tyres in this morning’s final free practice session, the 18-year-old was unlucky to suffer another front-end crash on only his fifth lap of qualifying.
Redding lost control of his Suter MMXI machine at the slow speed second corner and despite a heroic effort, evident by large scuffmarks on the right arm of his leathers, he was unable to prevent the crash. His crew produced a magnificent job to repair Redding’s bike and allow him to complete a further eight laps, but he was unable to improve on his time of 1.43.897 to finish in 13th position.
Scott Redding #45 1.43.897 – 12 laps – 13th position
“Crashing seems to becoming a bit of a regular thing at the moment and I’m getting pretty frustrated about it now because it ruined qualifying for me. This morning I was really happy because I was consistently fast with an old rear tyre and I was confident going into the qualifying session. The front felt a bit soft in the early laps and then without warning I was down at the second corner. Like in Qatar, I tried to hold it on my elbow but it was too late. The crash was identical to the problem I had in Qatar and it happens from mid-corner to the exit. It feels like I’ve got a bit more feedback here than I had in Qatar but it is still not working how I want and we’ve got to sit down and come up with a plan to give me some confidence. I got the bike back to the pits after the crash and the team did a great job to repair it and get me back out, but I was struggling with the front feel again. I’m relieved I pushed as hard as I did in the first four laps to get a lap time because missing that much of the session, I could have been way down the grid. We’ll make some changes to the bike tonight and I’m sure we’ll find something that allows me to show my true potential in the race.”
Michael Bartholemy – Team Manager
“Considering how much time Scott lost following the crash, I don’t think we can be too disappointed with his 13th position on the grid. It could have been much worse so it was lucky he was able to push so hard at the beginning and get a fast time in before he crashed. Scott’s crew did a great job to fix the bike and get him back on track and it was unfortunate that he couldn’t improve his lap time. Another front-end crash is not good but his crew will work hard to a find a solution ahead of the race.”
Source: Marc VDS
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