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Redding: “It was really scary”

Redding: “It was really scary”

Scott Redding was able to remain upright after an issue with his rear tyre at Turn 6 destroyed the back of his bike in FP4.

After a difficult start to the weekend, Scott Redding headed into Free Practice 4 at the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina with a clear direction to head in. It was progressing well until at Turn 6 his rear tyre suffered an issue, damaging the back on his Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati GP 15. The Brit was able to stay upright and ride his bike off the track, avoiding any serious injury. The red flag was brought out to remove debris from the track, Redding headed out on his second machine when the session resumed. With four minutes remaining the red flag was again brought out to allow Race Direction and Michelin to examine Redding’s rear tyre ahead of Qualifying.

Despite the issues, Redding headed into Q1 determined to do well but found himself lacking confidence through Turn 6 after the incident. Try as he might, he was unable to advance through to Q2 and will line up 14th on the grid for Sunday’s race. his 1'40.759 saw him miss out on the top spot in the session by 0.198s. Both of Redding’s previous visits to the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit have yielded points, ninth in 2015 his best result at the track.

Scott Redding: “It was not a good day for me since the beginning. FP3 didn’t go well. And when I began to glimpse the right path in FP4, the problem came. It was really scary. I felt some chattering with the rear tyre then something hit me. I saw pieces of the bike fly everywhere. I thought the tyre had exploded and I was getting ready for a nasty crash. But a few moments later I felt that the tyre working again as there was still air in. I managed to run off the track without falling and I feel lucky to be standing here to talk about it. I went out in Q1 determined but it is clear that my confidence, especially in that turn, wasn’t at the maximum. To be honest I feel good for tomorrow. This morning we struggled a lot but in the afternoon I was close the Q2 lap times. Tomorrow will be a long race, if I can find consistency then everything will happen.”

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, Q1, Scott Redding, OCTO Pramac Yakhnich

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