|Redding just missed out on pole position
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Marc VDS rider Scott Redding qualified in second position in an interrupted Moto2 qualifying session at the Le Mans circuit.
Setting the fastest time in combined free practice, the 20 year old went into qualifying with a strong set-up. The threat of rain loomed and Redding wasted no time and set the pace early on in qualifying, however Takaaki Nakagami soon pushed Redding down to second, where he stayed for the remainder of the session as conditions worsened. Redding’s time of 1.38.858 was just 0.350 seconds off Nakagami.
After finishing in third last year, Redding feels positive ahead of the race “I was up for taking another pole position today, as I definitely had the pace here, despite the small crash this morning. Unfortunately the timing was wrong, in a session that was more of a sprint than qualifying is normally. I put in a fast lap right at the start but, unfortunately, Taka got a lap behind me, which was all he needed to take pole. I thought I could come back, but then the rain arrived and that was it. Anyway, I’m happy enough with the front row, especially as I’m ahead of Espargaro and Rabat on the grid. We also got some time on the bike in the wet this afternoon, which could be important given that there’s a good chance of rain tomorrow.”