Fifth row for Redding in Montmeló
Montmeló, Spain – 13 June 2015: Scott Redding will start tomorrow's Catalan Grand Prix from 14th on the grid, after finishing fourth fastest in a closely contested QP1 session this afternoon.
While Redding has struggled in the early part of the season there have been signs of progress this weekend in Montmeló. In the all-important final free practice, where riders undertake longer runs to assess their pace and rhythm for the race, the 22-year-old Briton was seventh fastest and his times were a solid indication of his potential for tomorrow's 25-lap race.
During FP4 the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider felt that the team had made progress with the used tyre but, ultimately, despite making an improvement with his settings in qualifying he was still unable to challenge for the top two places.
Starting behind the Ducatis of Andrea Iannone and Hector Barbera means Redding will need to be strong in the opening laps, as he looks for a first top ten finish since the Grand Prix of Argentina.
Scott Redding: 14th – 1’42.029
“We lost out on QP2 in FP3 because I got held up on my fast lap. We knew going into QP1 that when the other guys used their soft tyre, and also having Dani looking for a place in QP2, that it would be very difficult to make it through the session. In FP4 with the used tyre it felt pretty good and even in qualifying we made some improvements but unfortunately it wasn't enough to make it through. At the end of the day we have to start where we're going to start from tomorrow and then it's the same as every weekend; try and make the time back in the race.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Yesterday I really thought that we could make it into QP2 but it was very difficult today because there were two very fast candidates in front of us with Pedrosa and Iannone. However, having Barbera in front of us on the grid means this wasn't the best performance for us. In qualifying we did a slower lap than yesterday and when that happens it's impossible to go into QP2. It's difficult to say what to expect tomorrow because it depends on who Scott gets stuck behind in the race. If it's the Ducatis then they will be difficult to overtake once again, because they demand a different riding style, but if we can get past them I think that maybe we can finish inside the top ten.”