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Redding Flies To Q2 And Best Qualifying Of The Season In Indy
Posted by: newsla on Aug 10, 2014 - 06:10 AM
Redding Flies To Q2 And Best Qualifying Of The Season In Indy. Fifth Row For Bautista

It was a qualifying day with light and shadow today in Indianapolis for the Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini: Scott Redding has in fact entered into the Qualifying 2 for the first time this season, while Alvaro Bautista was not able to go beyond the fourth position in Qualifying 1, therefore missing to get into the decisive session for the first 12 positions on the grid.


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Redding entered the Qualifying 2 session posting the fastest time during Q1, 1’32”829, ahead of compatriot Cal Crutchlow; then the English further lowered his limit in Q2, down to 1’32”714, thanks to which he ensured the eleventh position, his best qualifying of the season after the 13th place obtained in Austin and in Argentina.

His teammate, Bautista, took part at the qualifying after a spectacular high side during the third and final free practice session, this morning: the Spaniard, who was already struggling yesterday with rear grp issues, will start tomorrow’s race from the fifth row with the 14th fastest time, 1’33”294.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (14th - 1'33"294)
“Luckily I’m feeling okay now, but this morning’s crash was really scary; I had a high side and I think I have been flying for several seconds… Hovewer, like I said I’m physically fit, I’m just disappointed because the feeling with the bike is not the best; we have been struggling a lot with rear grip and this is the cause of the crash I had in FP3. In this condition I cannot ride, because if I try to go a little bit faster I risk to crash, like it happened this morning. This is frustrating. For sure tomorrow we will face a tough race, but we will try our best, as always”.

SCOTT REDDING (11th - 1'32"714)
“I’ve been feeling really good since the beginning of the weekend, and today it was really nice to get to the Qualifying 2 session for the first time this year. I’m happy also because in Q2 I improved my lap time again. Today I was able to push hard all the time, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race; we’re just struggling a little bit with front grip: after 5 or 6 laps, even if you can’t see tyre wear, you feel less grip and less confidence, so we will work tonight to find something to fix it. For the race we will use the medium rear tyre, because after 1 or 2 laps the softer one drops a lot; however, even with the medium compound my lap times are good and I don’t feel a big difference, so I’m confident. We will see how it goes tomorrow”.

“Unfortunately Bautista is struggling a lot here in Indianapolis and definitely this morning’s crash penalized him further; consequently, Alvaro couldn’t do much, missing also to get into the Q2 for the first time this season. On the other hand, Scott is having a very positive weekend, crowned today with his best qualifying performance of the season. Right now it’s really a pity to see him so sacrificed on the straights, where he’s losing a lot of ground. This situation is not fair, but it will help him to grow and to be even stronger for the future”.

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