Redding to start from the front row at home
Scott Redding will start tomorrow’s British Moto2 Grand Prix from the front row of the grid, after posting the second fastest time in today’s 45-minute qualifying session at Silverstone.
Mika Kallio waited until the final seconds of qualifying before putting in his fastest lap of the weekend so far, to claim seventh position on the grid for tomorrow’s 18-lap Moto2 race.
Redding, in a special red, white and blue livery to mark his only appearance in Great Britain this season, looked all set to challenge for pole position during today’s 45-minute timed session. The 20-year-old Briton put in a string of fast times right at the end of qualifying, but missed out on the top spot by the narrowest of margins, after running wide on the brakes on his final flying lap. The Marc VDS rider goes into tomorrow’s British Moto2 Grand Prix confident of fighting for a podium finish in front of his home crowd.
Kallio also has his sights set on a podium finish tomorrow, after qualifying in seventh position and just 0.354s off the pole position time set by Takaaki Nakagami. The 30-year-old Finn is supremely confident after his win at Brno just one week ago and he heads into tomorrow’s race looking for a repeat performance.
Livio Loi has a mountain to climb in tomorrow’s 17-lap Moto3 race, after struggling with Silverstone’s notorious bumps during qualifying, which he finished in 32nd position.
Having struggled with the same issues during free practice yesterday, a set-up change on his Kalex-KTM machine saw Loi improve both his lap time and position in this morning’s final free practice, which he finished 22nd. But the problems returned with a vengeance in qualifying, leaving the Marc VDS rider unable to improve on his previous best time and facing a difficult race from the 11th row of the grid.
Scott Redding #45: 2nd – 2’07.078
“I wanted pole at the end. I was 0.3s off and pushing hard, and I could see the lap time coming down. I could also see Jerome on the pit board, not just hanging the sign out with ‘want it’ on, but jumping up and down wanting it for himself, so I gritted my teeth and pushed on as hard as I could. Coming down the back straight I knew I had to brake a little bit later, so I left it a metre more and the rear came up and the bike started sliding. I missed the apex by about two metres, which was enough for pole to slip away from me. Tomorrow’s going to be tough, because the times are so tight here, but a tight race is a good race for me, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Mika Kallio #36: 7th – 2’07.393
“Like always, if I’m off the front row then I’m a little disappointed, but qualifying was pretty good for me today. I didn’t have the same consistent pace in qualifying as I did in Brno, but on the last lap I went all out for a quick time; braking one metre later, opening one metre earlier and the feeling with the bike was good. Third row of the grid isn’t ideal, but I was just 0.3s from the front, so I know I can run a good race pace. If I can get a good start, stay with the leading group and run my own race, I’m confident I can still be there when it’s time to put it on the line in the last few laps, just like in Brno.”
Livio Loi #11: 32nd – 2’17.332
“The bike was a little better in FP3 this morning, with the original settings back in. I managed to improve my time, move up the timesheet and I thought we were in good shape for qualifying. I was wrong. The bike suddenly felt really harsh over the bumps and on corner entry; from turn two all the way through to turn six it was moving around underneath me. The harder I pushed the worse it got. It was like a bucking bronco at times. I’ve never had such a bad feeling on the bike, which I don’t really understand, as we didn’t make any big changes for qualifying. We need to find a solution tonight. It’s not just going to be a click here and a click there either, we need to make a bigger change that we can then evaluate in warm up.”