British rider Scott Redding is confident he can challenge for a second Moto2 rostrum finish in the last three races after he narrowly missed claiming a career first pole position at the Motorland Aragon track today.
Redding looked like topping the timesheets in a typically frantic Moto2 session when he was denied by a stunning last lap attack from Italian rival Andrea Iannone.
Iannone logged a best time of 1.55.148 to finish just 0.041s ahead of Redding’s Marc VDS Racing Suter MMX machine.
Redding, who will start from the front row of the grid for the third successive race, said: “The bike felt good, the times came pretty easy and I really thought I'd done enough to take pole, only to lose out to Iannone right at the end.
"I felt like I could have gone faster, down into the high 1'54s even, but my front tyre was shot and there was no time to return to the pits for fresh rubber. Of course, I gave it a go anyway, but had to back off after having to save a front-end slide by picking the bike up on my elbow!
"It would have been good to start tomorrow's race from pole, but the front row will do for me. We had some problems with the front tyre to1.55day, but with higher temperatures promised for tomorrow I don't think this will be an issue.
"If the conditions are right tomorrow then I have the pace to run right at the front of the race and I'll definitely be looking for a podium finish. There's no complicated race strategy in place for tomorrow, it will just be full gas from start to finish!"