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Redding: “I was surprised to get through to Q2”

Redding: “I was surprised to get through to Q2”

Scott Redding pleasantly surprised to advance to Q2 at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, but is left without fresh tyres.

Many of the riders in the Q1 session are equipped with soft tyres, as a rider on a Factory bike Scott Redding does not have this option which is a significant disadvantage over a single flying lap. As such, on frequent occasions in 2015 the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider has been unable to best the speed of several riders in the session, but was able to produce the second fastest time of the session to advance to Q2. Unfortunately Redding was left without fresh tyres and was only able to managed 12th, his best grid position since he was seventh in Silverstone.

Although unable to improve in Q2, Redding is confident of a strong race and is again aiming for a top ten finish. Being forced to re-use a well worn front tyre has given the British rider extra experience and may benefit him come the closing stages of Sunday’s race, perhaps a blessing in disguise. Redding and his crew are still trying to utilise the full potential of the Honda and have several changes planned for morning Warm Up. Weather may also play a role in the race, as reports are currently conflicting as to whether or not rain will fall.

Scott Redding: “To be honest I was surprised to get through to Q2 because even yesterday I said that it would be difficult in Q1 because of the softer tyre this weekend. We pushed as hard as we could and made it through but we had no tyres left for Q2. In the final session I had to use tyres from the previous session so, in the end, to match my lap time was quite good. The front tyre had done four attacking runs and it was starting to lose performance but I'm happy with the job that we've done because we went faster and then stayed at that pace. I think that will help tomorrow for our normal lap times in the race, where I think I’ll be able to go a bit faster and be a bit more consistent. I know that we've got a bit more potential for the race and the top ten or top eight tomorrow is our target. It could be interesting if it rains but we'll prepare for everything and we'll see what the weather brings tomorrow."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Q2, Scott Redding, EG 0,0 Marc VDS

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