SHARK-supported riders continued their Moto2 and MotoGP campaigns from Austin, Texas for the second round of the championship this weekend, which saw SHARK riders collecting valuable championship points.
In Moto2 Scott Redding achieved a career milestone when he claimed his maiden pole position in Saturday’s qualifying. A stunning last lap saw the 20-year old blitz the 32-strong field by 0.689 seconds.
However during the race the young-Brit struggled with deteriorating front and rear grip, meaning his was unable to sustain his quick pace set in the beginning laps. Redding crossed the line in fifth place, and currently holds the championship lead by four points. Fellow SHARK-supported Johann Zarco crossed the line behind Redding in sixth place.
Meanwhile in MotoGP Randy de Puniet finished outside the top-ten in 14th place.
The next round takes place 3-5 May at Jerez, Spain.
« I’m obviously disappointed not to be on the podium after starting from pole position but I salvaged fifth position out of a difficult race and now I am leading the championship and that’s a great feeling. Before the race I knew we’d struggle with the tyres going off and that’s exactly what happened. I went out there to win but after six laps I knew it was impossible. I guessed that Espargaro and Nakagami were out so I just used my brain and didn’t push too hard to risk a crash that would have been very costly. It was a decent fifth and now I am leading the championship I need to hold it together for the rest of the year after a great start to the season. »