Physical problem drops Redding to tenth place finish after strong start
Mika Kallio and Scott Redding secured two top ten finishes for the Marc VDS Racing Team in today’s Moto2 Grand Prix at Catalunya. Kallio battled his way through the field from 19th on the grid, to finish ninth, while Redding overcame problems with his throttle hand to finish tenth.
Redding was involved in the battle for the lead in the early stages of the race, but dropped off the back of the leading group when his right hand went numb and made it difficult for the 19-year-old Briton to brake and open the throttle with any feeling. Redding dropped back to try and recover feeling in the hand, but no improvement was forthcoming and he was forced to defend tenth place to the finish.
The Marc VDS Racing Team will be back on track in two weeks, at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Scott Redding’s home race.
Scott Redding #45: 10th Position
“I felt good, the bike was good and I got away from the line okay, but then I started having problems with my throttle hand. When I was tucked in on the bike it started to go numb, as if something was pressing on a nerve somewhere. I let a couple of people through so that I could relax a bit and see if it improved, but it just wouldn’t go away. It meant I was struggling with feeling, both on the gas and on the brakes, which was losing me time in every corner. It’s disappointing because without this problem I know I could have been up there and battling at the front today.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Scott looked strong in the early part of today’s race, but he started struggling with a numb right hand that cause problems for him on the brakes and with the throttle. He did well to defend tenth position until the end of the race. We need to find out exactly what caused the problem, as it’s not something Scott has experienced before.”
Source: Marc VDS Racing