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Redding: “I started to lose a second every lap”

Redding: “I started to lose a second every lap”

Top Independent Team rider honours for Scott Redding as he takes his best finish of 2016 with sixth in Texas.

After a weekend of technical problems and bad luck in Argentina, Scott Redding was hoping for a steadier and cleaner weekend at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas. A small technical issue in Warm Up had Redding and his Octo Pramac Yakhnich team somewhat uncertain as they headed into the 21-lap race but the Brit put any worries behind him and charged off the line. He quickly passed a number of riders and found himself in seventh. Several crashes followed and even though Redding was passed by Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar), he found himself in sixth and closing in on the Suzuki pair. But as he crossed mid-race distance, Redding’s front tyre began to drop off and he was forced to ease his pace and focused on defending his position instead.

With his best result of the season also came his first trip to Parc Ferme with the Octo Pramac Yakhnich team. This is also the first time Redding has finished a race at the Circuit of the Americas in the premier class. The result certainly made up for the difficult Argentina GP and provided a much needed confidence boost to Redding and the team after a gruelling 60-hour journey from Argentina to Austin. 12th place in the standings is where Redding sits as the championship returns to Europe for round four of the season.

Scott Redding: “A top six is a great result but it would have been nice to get even ninth since there have been three crashes in the group ahead. In the end, I had problems with the front tyre and I could not lap strong. I started to lose a second every lap, and I had to change my riding style in order to finish the race defending my position. I am happy because I started the race well and I lapped without making mistakes. It was a good race and I am very happy to have given joy to the team, who did a fantastic job today after the little problem we had in the warm-up and especially after the disappointment of Argentina.”

MotoGP, 2016, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, RAC, Scott Redding, OCTO Pramac Yakhnich

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