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Redding shows speed once more in tropical Sepang heat

Redding shows speed once more in tropical Sepang heat

Scott Redding secured his sixth top ten result of the season at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 21-year-old Briton was the first Open Class Honda rider across the finish line, in tenth place at a sweltering Sepang, extending his lead in the championship standings over fellow RCV1000R rider, Hiroshi Aoyama, to eight points.

Redding has performed well in his rookie premier class season with the GO&FUN Honda Gresini team and is the top Open Honda rider in the standings in 12th place, with the likes of Aoyama, Karel Abraham and Nicky Hayden behind him.

Next year Redding will be equipped with a factory specification Honda RC213V and will ride for his former team Marc VDS Racing as they move up into MotoGP™.

Redding said of his race in Malaysia, "I went with the harder rear tyre, because we knew that we had a little less pace than Aoyama this weekend, so knowing that the other Open Class Honda bikes were going to use the soft option, we just tried a different tactic, like we did in Phillip Island."

"We thought that with the hard tyre we could come strong in the latter part of the race, but actually it was the wrong idea. I think we should have gone with the soft tyre. That’s why I lost most of the time, and then it was a matter of just staying consistent and trying to finish the race. Anyway, for the Championship is good to be the top Open Class Honda again, even if during the weekend Aoyama was faster than us."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2014, Scott Redding, GO&FUN Honda Gresini

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