Second row for fast improving Redding
Austin, Texas – 11 April 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider, Scott Redding, will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix of the Americas from the second row of the grid, after qualifying sixth with an impressive final flying lap.
Redding secured his place in today’s second 15-minute qualifying session with a time of 2’03.946 and ninth place in FP3 this morning, but the 22-year-old Briton improved on this time by more than a second in qualifying to secure his best grid position since stepping up to the premier MotoGP class in 2014.
The weather has been unpredictable in Austin all weekend, with the threat of rain ever present during today’s free practice and qualifying sessions. Today conditions remained dry, but the forecast for race day tomorrow is for more changeable weather.
While Redding would prefer a dry race, he is unconcerned should the weather take a turn for the worse tomorrow, having finished second yesterday in the only fully wet free practice session of the weekend.
Scott Redding: 6th – 2’02.674
“Finally we’re finding our way with this bike. We struggled a lot in Qatar, but at least we left there with an idea of which direction we needed to go in and I think the lap times here show that it’s the right one. Each session we’ve improved, gone a little bit faster and closed the gap just a little bit more to the guys in front, while my race pace over the longer runs has also been good. Now we need to keep working in the same way, improving step by step. We know the weather could do anything tomorrow. It could be dry, it could be wet or we could end up with a flag-to-flag race. My pace has been good in both the dry and the wet and every time I’ve returned to pit lane in the sessions this weekend I’ve practiced the bike change so, while I’d prefer a dry race tomorrow, we’re well prepared whatever the weather throws at us.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Scott has done a great job bouncing back from what was for him a disappointing and frustrating first race in Qatar. He and his crew have taken the lessons learnt in Qatar and applied them well here in Austin, as the lap times in both wet and dry conditions show quite clearly. Scott’s confidence is back and with that he’s able to get the best from a bike that, while obviously competitive, has taken him some time to master. If Scott can carry the momentum from qualifying into the race tomorrow then there is no limit on what he can achieve.”