Grand Prix of Philip Island (Australia), 2015

Redding scores points again

If he failed this time to make it to the top ten, Scott Redding still took a well-earned eleventh place. In Moto2, Alex Marquez finished ninth while Tito Rabat had to put an end to this season’s racing.

The Races

After managing to get to Q2 direct without having to go through the Q1, Scott Redding was ready to do battle on one of his favourite tracks… but the Brit got off to a bad start. “I got stuck behind Bautista’s Aprilia, and with his soft tyres I had a job overtaking him,” said Redding. “After that I had to get rid of Petrucci and Dovizioso on their Ducati’s which were really fast in the straights. Then I started to catch up with Smith on his Yamaha. Unfortunately, after using my front tyre too much in the early laps, I couldn’t finish at the same pace.” In Moto2, Alex Marquez made a great comeback from eighteenth to ninth place after overcoming a pile of problems during the practice test sessions. Tito Rabat had to put a premature end to his season after a further fall in the trials. Injuring the arm he broke in training before leaving for Japan, the reigning Moto2 world champion was forced to throw in the towel and go for new medical tests.

SCOTT REDDING GBR  ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS HONDA MotoGP  GP Australia (Circuit Phillip Island) 16-18/10.2015 PSP/ Lukasz Swiderek www.photoPSP.com

The Championship

Scoring points for the thirteenth time this season, Scott Redding has kept his thirteenth place in the MotoGP standings. In Moto2, Tito Rabat has lost his second place to Alex Rins while Alex Marquez also remains in thirteenth position.

The Background

Next year, the Marc VDS Team will line up two riders for the Moto2 championship and two riders for the MotoGP season. In the intermediate Grand Prix class, Alex Marquez will team up with Italy’s Franco Morbidelli, both of whom are bright hopes who will be riding all out to regularly make the podium. In the premier-class category, Tito Rabat will take over from Scott Redding. The 2014 Moto2 World Champion will do his MotoGP apprenticeship riding a Honda RC213V alongside Australian Jack Miller, the latest recruit of the crew headed by Michael Bartholemy. “It’s important to build up the team,” explained the Belgian manager.

“As we saw this season with Scott, when you only have one rider and he’s having problems, you search for the right settings without being able to make comparisons. Working with two riders will allow us to make headway faster. Jack’s arrival is great news. We wanted to enter him for the Moto2 championship this season but he preferred to go direct from Moto3 to MotoGP. So we’re going to get him with one year’s experience in the premier-class category. It looks like being an exciting challenge, especially since we’ll have a new bike, new tyres and new electronics. The 2016 championship is going be open to all comers.”

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