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Moto2: More disappointment for Redding

“I want to see Scott and his crew and Mika and his crew come up with answers and solutions before we go to Estoril”- Michael Bartholemy.
Having been tipped to win his first Moto2 race sooner rather than later in 2011, after two podiums in the second half of last year, few would have predicted Scott Redding would be without a single point after the opening two rounds.

Redding just can't seem to gel with his Marc VDS-run Suter at the moment, the same chassis that finished second and third during the dry opening round in Qatar, then first and second in the wet of Jerez.

18-year-old Redding fell early in the Qatar race, rejoining to finish 31st, and his Jerez hopes were also soon over - the Englishman, who had qualified 13th, immediately struggling for both front and rear grip.

Redding dropped down the order as a result to finish 23rd.

"I don't really have so much to say after that other than it is obvious I am not happy to be outside of the points at the end of another difficult and frustrating weekend,” said Redding.

“I just couldn't get the bike to work again and I had no feeling from the front or the rear in the wet conditions. Even on the Warm-up lap I nearly crashed and I just didn't feel comfortable in the wet conditions.

“The rear was backing into the corner and I didn't have the confidence with the front-end again, so we've got to find a solution quickly because the start of the season has been well below our pre-season expectations.

“We can't seem to get the bike working at all and we need to try and bounce back in Estoril."

Team-mate and former MotoGP rider Mika Kallio was 17th at Jerez, having been 29th in Qatar.

Marc VDS team manager, Michael Bartholemy, is demanding an immediate and drastic change to the present situation - and expects his riders to come up with some answers.

"This is not the result we were expecting and for sure I will not be in this position again after the next race in Estoril,” warned the former Kawasaki MotoGP team manager.

“We've had a lot of time to solve our problems with winter testing and now two races, so I want to see Scott and his crew and Mika and his crew come up with answers and solutions before we go to Estoril.

“This is the second race in a row now that we are leaving without any points and that is a situation that has to drastically change quickly.

“Scott hasn't been able to get comfortable on the bike again so we have to understand what we can do to help him.

“Mika was battling hard and I'm confident he would have scored his first points until he was hit and the exhaust got damaged. But where he was fighting was not ideal and we should be in a position much closer to the front."

Practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix takes place at the end of this month.

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tonyed - Unregistered

April 07, 2011 12:17 PM

You can see why, from Bartholemys reactions, Kawasaki were always at the back of the field. Perhaps a team principal should be using his 'expertise' to help resolve the situation rather than making bold demands.

Dangleberry - Unregistered

April 07, 2011 12:53 PM

I think Bartholemy should have kept these comments private within the team. Making this public only adds unecessary pressure to the team and riders who already know they needs to turn things around.

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