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Redding: “I was struggling with front grip”

Redding: “I was struggling with front grip”

A point scoring finish for Scott Redding in a hot and humid Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Both track and air temperatures rose considerably as the MotoGP™ World Championship lined up on the grid ahead of the 20-lap race. This rise in temperature saw Scott Redding struggle with front end grip from the beginning of the race, making every lap a battle not only with other riders but also the bike. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider pushed as hard as he could to stay with the riders ahead, but this only made the problem worse. Redding soon became almost unable to stop the bike in the slower corners without the front end sliding.

Eventually he eased off his pace as Redding experienced more and more moments on the front, focusing on staying inside the points as opposed to crashing out. 11th place was the Brit’s reward for a physically demanding race, not the result he was hoping for ahead of the weekend. Many other riders crashed in the tricky conditions, Redding pleased to remain upright and unaffected by the weather conditions that once saw him struggle.

Scott Redding: “It was a hard race because I was struggling with front grip from the start. I was trying to push to stay on the back of the group ahead of me, but I kept closing the front and if the rear had grip it was pushing the front as well. I was also struggling to stop the bike in the slower corners because the front was sliding and I lost contact. That made it harder because I was alone for most of the race. But, the fact that we finished is a big positive. I used to struggle here in Sepang, but to have no real problems with the heat and humidity today is good for my confidence. A tough race and one in which I was happy to see the chequered flag.”


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