After a stunning last lap dash at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas MarcVDSRacings Scott Redding secured his maiden Pole Position for the Moto2 race this Sunday. After holding station in the top three for most of the session the Gloucester rider put together almost the perfect lap to sensationally wrestle top spot from Takaaki Nakagami and Nico Terol.
|Scott Redding celebrates pole at COTA
Photo: MarcVDS Racing
The timing of the pole-securing lap was played to perfection as the field were left with no time to respond to Reddings stunning weekend-best time of 2’10.577, a time that saw only three riders get within a second of the 20 year old who took full advantage of the warmer temperatures and ‘rubbered in’ track offering much higher levels of grip.
Redding said afterwards “It feels amazing to get my first pole position. I’m really happy because to be honest it didn’t feel like a fast lap. I’d been held up so many times earlier in the session that it was getting frustrating but I managed to control my anger and channel it into a positive. Normally I’d start over riding the bike but I managed to deliver when it really mattered and that was the first time I’d been given the chance to put a lap time together. I’ve been struggling with tyre life from the front and rear, so I wasn’t sure if I still had the grip for that last lap. I never gave up although I don’t know where the time came from. When it came up 2.10.5 on my timer I thought it had broken! Then I saw I was first and I am really happy for the Marc VDS Racing Team. It was important to be on the front row because there could be some chaos at that tight first corner but I need to take advantage of Espargaro being in seventh. I will try and breakaway if I can and then try and control the tyre, but it is a great chance to claw back some of the points Espargaro gained on me in Qatar.”
Team Manager Michael Bartolomey was naturally delighted “Today was absolutely fantastic for Scott and everybody connected with the Marc VDS Racing Team. The lap Scott pulled out right at the end of qualifying was something really special and to be almost 0.7s ahead of the field is unbelievable. It is rare to see such a huge gap in Moto2 but Scott’s performance gives us huge confidence for tomorrow’s race and we will go to bed tonight dreaming of our first win. I am happy for Scott and his crew because they have worked very hard in the winter and he has started the season incredibly strong. I have to say Mika did a great job too because he also produced a very impressive lap right at the end to get into the top 10 and he can certainly be battling for another top six tomorrow.”