Fifth row start for Redding in Germany
Sachsenring, Germany – 11 July 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Scott Redding will start tomorrow’s German Grand Prix from 14th on the grid, after missing out on a place in QP2 by just six hundredths of a second this afternoon.
The 22-year-old Briton, who was third fastest in the final free practice session today, lost out in qualifying to three open class riders who all made good use of the super soft tyre that is not available to Redding as a factory rider.
Despite the disappointment of missing out on a QP2 place by such a narrow margin, Redding remains confident for tomorrow’s race, after showing good race pace throughout all three free practice sessions this weekend.
However, the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider is well aware that a strong result is very much reliant on a good start here at the Sachsenring, as the ultra tight turn one has seen its fair share of first lap dramas in recent years.
Scott Redding: 14th – 1’21.632
“I'm not really disappointed, because we've had good pace all weekend, but I am annoyed not to make it through to QP2 once again. We've been a step higher here than we normally have but when we went into qualifying after free practice I knew that it would be difficult against the guys with the softer tyre based on their times from FP3. But we made a step and improved again and I tried to make up a bit more, but it was really difficult to find more time. The Suzuki and Ducati with the soft tyre made a little improvement and that's why we're not there today. Our race pace is not too bad and it's quite consistent with low 22's, so I’ll be looking for a good start and then trying to make up as many places as I can.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“This hasn't been a bad weekend for us so far. We have improved throughout free practice and then gone faster in qualifying than at any other point during the weekend. But it's so difficult in qualifying because the other riders can use the super soft tyre so it's crucial that in FP3 we can make it into the top ten to avoid having to do the first qualifying session. It's a little bit frustrating because with the normal tyre we are in a strong position. It will be difficult tomorrow starting from 14th on the grid and while Scott's race pace is very good, fighting up through the field will be very difficult.”