Grip problems hold back Redding at Brno
Brno, Czech Republic – 14 August 2015: A track temperature approaching 50 degrees Celsius made for a difficult second free practice session at Brno this afternoon, with the tricky conditions catching out plenty of riders. Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Scott Redding avoided crashing, but it was still a difficult opening day for the Briton.
Redding finished the day 15th fastest after completed 33 laps of the 5.4km circuit but after initially struggling for grip on the softer tyre he felt that there was plenty of room for improvement. When using the softer compound the Briton had problems on corner entry, lacking the required confidence in the front.
Earlier in the session, when using the hard rear tyre, Redding had been faster and more consistent on the bike. Improving on this feeling will be key for a strong Brno outing. Tomorrow's FP3 session will be crucial for Redding's hopes this weekend and he needs to finish inside the top ten to guarantee a place in the Q2 shootout.
Scott Redding: 15th – 1’57.860
“It was quite greasy this afternoon but our biggest problem today was that we went quicker on the harder rear tyre than the on soft tyre. It's a bit strange because normally you feel better grip but today we didn't. At the end we used the softer rear and the harder front tyre and that combination wasn't right, which meant we struggled for the lap time. We're trying to find our way a little bit at the moment, but we’re working hard to figure out the right direction to take with set up. For tomorrow we'll try and use the harder rear tyre and see how we go with on that. Right now, as soon as I lose rear grip then I struggle on corner entry and exit, so if we can find an improvement there then we should also see an improvement in the lap time.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“It looks as though the track was quite difficult today because we saw a lot of crashes in the afternoon. Also I think that our choice of tyres for the final run in FP2 wasn’t the best one, but we had to try something because we could see the conditions were becoming more difficult. Scott’s pace over the longer run was pretty good, so I hope he can rediscover this rhythm for FP3 tomorrow morning. The two bikes are set up a little differently at the moment and it looks like the set up on the bike Scott used earlier in the session will be the preferred option for tomorrow.”