Fifth row start but a big step forward for Redding at Misano
Misano, Italy – 12 September 2015: Scott Redding missed out on a place in QP2 by the narrowest of margins today, which means the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider will start tomorrow’s San Marino Grand Prix from the fifth row of the grid.
Redding jumped to the top of the timesheet with his first flying lap in QP1, but was pushed back to third as riders took advantage of their second tyre to put in faster laps. The 22-year-old Briton looked set to reclaim the top spot on his final flying lap, but lost time in the final sector when the front tyre closed on him in the ultra-fast Curvone. The loss was minimal, but it was enough to cost him a place in QP2.
Although disappointed not to make it through to the final qualifying shootout, Redding can take many positives from his pace in FP4, used by many riders to run race simulations. The British rider set the seventh fastest time and looked confident on the bike throughout the 30-minute session. Redding’s times over his 15-lap run were both fast and consistent, promising a strong pace during tomorrow’s 28-lap race.
Scott Redding: 13th 1’33.340
“On my last flying lap I lost the front through turn 11 and had to hold it up on my elbow while trying to regain traction on the gas, but it meant I ran wide. It was quite a fast corner to do that on, so I scrubbed quite a lot of speed and that was the main reason that I struggled at the end. We've been getting better and better with our race pace. We tried different tyres and everything this weekend and we haven't had it easy, but we've tried a lot of things and in FP4 we made a good step. I think that tomorrow we can have a good race and hopefully get into the top ten and then work from there.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“I think there was a big step done in FP3 when he could make some laps behind Marc Márquez and learn something else from him about this bike. In qualifying Scott was able to put these lessons into practice and it was a shame that we haven't made it through to Q1 by only one tenth, but I think that the rhythm is there for the race. He was fast all day and if we can keep this pace in the race I think that a top ten is possible in the race tomorrow.”