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Redding: “The Honda is not an easy bike to get off the line”

Redding: “The Honda is not an easy bike to get off the line”

A poor start costs Scott Redding the chance to fight towards the front, but remains pleased with his efforts in the Australian GP.

Due to his size and the Honda’s tendency to wheelie off the line, starts are often difficult for Scott Redding but also crucial. Many MotoGP™ World Championship races can be decided in the opening laps, if you’re unable to pass slower riders then your competition can easily break away. This is unfortunately what happened to Redding in Australia, riders such as Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) with the soft option tyre proved a difficult hurdle to overcome and as such the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider’s satellite rivals escaped as Redding battled. Once the Brit did get past, he started charging to catch the likes of Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), but had worn his tyres.

As front-end grip faded, Redding chose to settle for 11th as oppose to push and risk a crash. The Brit remains pleased with the race as a whole, finishing 21 seconds behind the race winner and just a second outside the top ten. From Phillip Island the paddock will fly directly to Sepang for the penultimate round of the 2015 championship, a race Redding is looking forward to as he has ample testing experience there. As with each round this season the top ten is Redding’s aim for the race.

Scott Redding: “I got a terrible start and the Honda is not an easy bike to get off the line because it can wheelie a lot as you go through the gears. Being as tall I am my weight is higher, so I can’t move my body forward enough to put weight on the front. At the start it was a difficult fight with Bautista because he used the soft rear tyre and it gave him an advantage in the early stages. I couldn’t get into a rhythm behind him and once I did get by I then had a battle with Petrucci and Dovizioso, and that Ducati is unbelievably fast down the straight, making it very hard to pass. Once I got in front of them I managed to start catching Bradley but I used too much front tyre earlier in the race while fighting through and it dropped off a fair bit towards the end. I’m happy with the race though because normally the satellite Yamahas normally drop me and I was as close to the lead group as I have been all year. We can take some positives into next weekend in Malaysia, which is a track I’ve ridden this bike on in testing at the start of the year. So it will be interesting to see where we have come from since then. It is a tough race with the heat and humidity but, hopefully, I can make it back into the top 10.”


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