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Redding: “Obviously we were missing something”

Redding: “Obviously we were missing something”

After a strong Qatar Test, Scott Redding was hoping for a lot more on race day at the Commercial bank Grand Prix of Qatar.

Two crashes during the weekend put Scott Redding on the back foot, unable to find the same positive feeling he had during testing in Qatar. Starting from 12th on the grid after a difficult Qualifying session, Redding started poorly and dropped several positions in the opening lap as the top five raced away. Redding rallied and set about passing Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) for a potential top ten finish, able to eventually pass him. Dropping his lap times into the low 1’56s, Redding set about closing the gap to fellow Brit Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) but Smith upped his pace. Unable to match his laps, Redding settled for defending tenth in the final laps.

Back in 2015 Redding only managed 13th in the race, able to easily beat this result even when not fully satisfied with the feeling of his GP15. It’s now time for Redding to focus on the next round and take away as many lessons as possible from Qatar with the aim of improving in the coming rounds. Regaining his feeling with the bike from testing remains the priority for Redding and the team. Despite his considerable size, Redding was still able to put in the fifth highest top speed of the weekend, able to hit 344.2 Km/h.

Scott Redding: “I have mixed feelings after this first race. I'm happy but I expected more. "Disappointed" is not the right adjective because we had a pretty hard weekend with two crashes and a bad qualifying. After the tests we thought we were in good shape but obviously we were missing something. Before the race I would have accepted a Top 8 or Top 10 in light of this difficult weekend and in the end we hit the goal. We can learn from this race, even from the start where I was not brilliant losing some positions. What would I like in Argentina? To find back the feeling of test. Here I found it not completely even if in the end things did not go so badly.”

MotoGP, 2016, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, RAC, Scott Redding, OCTO Pramac Yakhnich

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4 years ago

#squad ☑️ Cheers boys for the solid effort all weekend not the result that we all wanted but we are getting closer and closer to our goal doesn't the livery look sweet