Redding Disappointed With 23rd On Grid But Ready To Fight
High hopes that Scott Redding would be able to challenge for a top 10 position unfortunately failed to materialise in Qualifying at the Sachsenring today. The 18-year-old ended free practice with the seventh quickest time overall but he was unable to improve his pace from yesterday.
Soctt battled tirelessly to solve front and rear grip issues and a lap of 1.25.637 put him 23rd on the grid. Today’s result means he will need to demonstrate his overtaking prowess in the race with the Sachsenring track, which is the shortest on the Moto2 schedule, notoriously difficult to pass on.
Scott Redding #45 – 1.25.637 – 21 laps – 23rd position
“I’m pretty disappointed because yesterday we made a really strong start and I was confident I could improve with some small changes to the bike. But this morning and this afternoon I just couldn’t really find the grip I needed from the front and the rear and I couldn’t run the lap times I managed yesterday. That made me a bit frustrated and in the end I was having to ride over the limit to get to the position I ended up, so it is clear we need to do some work tonight and try and fix the problems. We’ll check the data tonight and come up with a plan to give me more feeling but I’m still expecting to have a strong ride. This track is so tight that starting from where I am is far from ideal, but in Mugello I was aggressive at the start and I’ll adopt the same strategy tomorrow. It will be a case of getting my head down and going hard right from the off to get myself in contention for the top 10 as soon as I can.”
Michael Bartholemy – Team Manager
“It is a shame that Scott was unable to improve his pace. He complained that the bike was sliding a lot and we will have to analyse what happened because he couldn’t go quicker today, even though there wasn’t a big difference in track temperature. Scott showed in Mugello that he can be very aggressive in the early laps and make a lot of overtakes, so we’ll be looking for a repeat of that tomorrow.”
Source: Marc VDS Racing