Redding scores best result of the season
By finishing seventh in the Catalunya Grand Prix, Scott Redding achieved his best result of the season in Barcelona. Tito Rabat made it to the podium once again.
Although he flunked Q1 and was forced to start from the fifth row of the starting grid, Scott Redding rode his best race of the season, ending up by equalling his best result in MotoGP. Fighting for fifth place for several laps, the Brit had to do the best he could during the second part of the race when his tyres deteriorated. “The track was tricky and a lot of riders crashed,” he said. “It was important for me to finish without making any mistakes. All is not perfect yet, but we made progress over the weekend, and that’s encouraging.”
In Moto2, Tito Rabat led the race until the last lap. But a tiny error not far from the finish allowed Zarco and Rins to overtake the world champion, who had to settle for third place. Hit in the first lap by another rider, Alex Marquez meanwhile managed to climb back from twenty-eighth place to eleventh, clocking up lap times identical to those of the leading group.
Thanks to the nine points he scored in Barcelona, Redding has moved back up to thirteenth place in the MotoGP standings. The Brit is now only four points away from the twelfth position held by Aleix Espargaro.
In Moto2, Rabat stays at second place in the championship, but it is now forty points way from Johann Zarco, leader of the pack. Marquez has moved up one place, and is now sixth in the championship standings with twenty-three points.
Apart from a DNF in France, Alex Marquez has always scored points since his debut in Moto2. Nevertheless, his best result to date being the ninth place he took in Jerez, the Moto3 World Championship title holder feels he’s not yet where he hoped to be when he joined the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team.
“For him and for us, it’s tougher than we thought it would be,” said Michael Bartholemy, manager of the Belgian team. Moving up from Moto3 to Moto2 is never easy. Some make it quickly, others need more time to learn how to handle the weight of the machine and the behaviour of a standard road-going engine without any electronic assistance. Alex also suffered two very heavy falls in Almeria earlier this year. That didn’t help build his confidence. But you can see he’s made good progress since the Spanish Grand Prix. He’s an intelligent driver who understands what to do and who knows where he wants to go. And in Barcelona, his lap times were the same as the leaders’. If he hadn’t been hit by another rider in the first lap, he would have easily been able to finish in the top ten.”