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Redding: “We didn’t quite get there today”

Redding: “We didn’t quite get there today”

A positive opening day at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan leaves Scott Redding with a clear direction to follow on Saturday.

A somewhat lacklustre 12th place finish on the opening day of the Japanese GP is not as dire for Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS’ Scott Redding as many may initially believe. The morning session was quite difficult as multiple changes to electronics and the bike's setting were required due to increased grip, once these issues were solved the 22-year old made significant gains in FP2, reducing his lap time by over a second. His aim for Saturday is to break into the 1’45 bracket having set a 1’46.074 to end just 0.228s shy of Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda).

Mid-corner and exit performance are still somewhat lacking for Redding, but both he and the team know the issues that need to be addressed on Saturday. Aside from these areas, Redding feels comfortable with the bike and is certain of making more improvements. For the Brit making it directly into Q2 is the aim, the Q1 session filled with riders on the soft option tyre which offers a huge advantage over a single flying lap.

Scott Redding: “This morning was difficult, not because of any problems, but because we had to make some changes to the electronics to account for the extra grip that’s available here this year. In the afternoon we started to make some progress, with the lap times getting faster and faster, with my quickest lap coming on the harder option rear tyre. I would have liked to get into the 1’45s bracket, and I did try, but we didn’t quite get there today. I feel quite comfortable with the bike, we’re just missing a little from mid-corner to exit, but I’m sure we can make further improvements to both the bike and the lap time tomorrow. The soft tyre will be a big advantage here at Motegi, so avoiding the first qualifying session will be important, which means I need to push for the top ten in the final free practice session tomorrow. Overall I’m pretty satisfied with today.”

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, FP2, Scott Redding, EG 0,0 Marc VDS

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