|Redding missed out on pole by a narrow margin
Photo: Marc VDS
Moto2 championship leader Scott Redding has qualified on the front row ahead of the first European round of the championship, at Jerez.
The Marc VDS rider finished combined free practice in fourth position, 0.528 seconds off fastest man Rabat. Redding set the pace in qualifying and led the way for the majority of the session before being pipped to pole position by Esteve Rabat. Redding’s time of 1.43.698 left him 0.447 short of pole position.
Redding revealed “I’ve been fast and comfortable in every session, but Rabat’s been strong all weekend and consistently quicker than me. In qualifying I was working hard and managed to hold onto pole for most of the session, until Rabat put it all together at the end. I haven’t seen his lap, but I know it must have been something special; I could get to within a couple of tenths, but I felt really on the limit doing it. For me the front row is enough and we’re pretty much set for tomorrow’s race. The bike’s working well, we know what to expect from the tyres, so we’ll just have to see how we go.”
Team manager Michael Bartholemy was pleased with Scott’s pace this afternoon “Scott made every single lap in practice count, his consistency has been incredible and his confidence is sky high. He missed out on a second successive pole position only thanks to an exceptional lap by Tito Rabat, but Scott’s race pace is good and we know he can maintain it on worn tyres. I fully expect him to be up at the front in the race, throwing a spanner into the works of what looks like being a Spanish party tomorrow.”