Redding caught out by conditions in Le Mans qualifying
Le Mans, France – 16 May 2015: Typical Le Mans weather provided a challenging qualifying session at the French Grand Prix that saw Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Scott Redding qualify 15th in the damp conditions.
A rain shower one hour before qualifying left the riders facing treacherous conditions with a dry line having developed just before the start of qualifying. As a result timing was to prove crucial during the session, with riders having to pick the optimum window in which to set their fastest times.
The track conditions were constantly improving but, unfortunately, Redding was on the sidelines after a crash with three minutes remaining of QP1. Redding highsided at turn two and didn't have enough time to get back to the pita for his second bike. As a result the 22-year-old Briton had no chance of challenging for a top two position, and a spot in QP2.
Scott Redding: 15th – 1'34.551
“We just don't seem to be going forward. We're not going round in circles but we’re not making any steps forward either. It seems that we can do one lap time and then we stay at that lap time. I'm disappointed but at the moment there isn't anything that we can do. I need to try and work the bike out in my head, to try and find something myself that we can do, but at the moment we have to go into the race and just try and improve every lap. Qualifying today started okay, but then I had a highside at turn two when the rear just went came round on me. Maybe it was a bit of a cold tyre but at the moment I’m not sure.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“It's not where I expected us to qualify. I think that the weekend started well but slowly however, since then, we've been pretty much stuck in this position. We tried something this morning and I knew that it might mean that we'd end up in QP1, but I thought that it would also mean we would be able to get into QP2. I'm disappointed with the result today, but we need to focus now on improving the situation for tomorrow’s race.”