Faubel battles to 11th after starting from the back of the field
Hector Faubel completed a good day for the Marc VDS Racing Team, picking up championship points for finishing in 11th position.
Torrential rain at Estoril overnight meant that, while the Moto2 riders took to a dry track for the first time this weekend, numerous damp patches remained during the early stages of today’s 26-lap Moto2 race.
Faubel, starting just one place in front of his Marc VDS teammate in 23rd position, also got away from the line well and then proceeded to fight his way through the field into 15th place by mid race distance. The 27-year-old Spaniard was struggling to pass out of the slipstream on the main straight, but managed to pick off another four riders in the closing stages to take 11th position at the chequered flag.
Hector Faubel #55: 11th
“Today I got a reasonably good start, but most importantly I managed to get through the first two turns unscathed for once! The bike felt better with every lap, as conditions improved and the rear tyres started to work for me. I was able to fight my way through, passing riders as the race progressed, and I thought it was going to be possible to finish in the top then. Unfortunately, with four laps to go, I started struggling to pass riders out of the slipstream on the main straight, which reduced the overtaking opportunities. For me it would have been better if the race had been two laps longer, because I was closing on tenth place, but I’m pretty happy to finish 11th after starting so far down the grid today.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
“I’m happy for both riders today. Scott rode what was probably his best race of the season this afternoon, showing great determination to fight his way through the field from 24th place on the grid and only missing out on a podium finish by the slimmest of margins. Hector also had a good race, fighting his way up to 11th position in conditions we haven’t experienced previously this weekend. Each week we get stronger as a team and we now head for Valencia looking for that elusive first win in the Moto2 World Championship.”
Source: Marc VDS Racing