Redding looking to extend podium run at Sachsenring
Scott followed up a second place in his home Grand Prix at Silverstone with an impressive third in the Dutch TT at Assen on Saturday, his third podium finish in four races. The 19-year-old Briton also closed the gap on the championship leaders and now lies fifth, just ten points off third place in the standings.
Securing a third successive podium will be a tough task for the Marc VDS rider this weekend. While Silverstone and Assen are fast, open circuits, the Sachsenring is very different in character. Tight and technical, the circuit features a number of slow turns in the first two sectors where acceleration is key to a fast lap time.
At just 3.671 kilometres in length the Sachsenring is one of the shortest tracks on the Moto2 calendar, while its technical nature also makes it one of the slowest. The anti-clockwise track features ten left-hand turns and only three right-hand corners, making tyre choice for the race critical as the left side of the tyre, especially the rear, is subjected to far higher forces than the right. The Moto2 riders will run dual compound rear tyres once again at Sachsenring, with a soft-medium compound used on the right side of the tyre to maintain grip as the tyre cools between the right-hand turns.
Scott Redding “Obviously I’m heading to Germany looking for another podium, but it won’t be so easy this weekend,” explains Scott. “Unlike the previous two circuits, the Sachsenring is tight and very technical, with acceleration out of the slower turns in the early part of the lap critical to a good time. A position on the front two rows of the grid and a good start are always important there, as the first corner is very tight and everyone seems to arrive at warp speed. You really don’t want to be mid-pack going into turn one for the first time; it’s almost guaranteed that someone will outbrake themselves and clean out a couple of people! It will be a tough weekend, as always, but I’m pretty confident we can be up there at the front on Sunday.”
Source: Marc VDS Racing Press Release