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Redding: “It’s a long time since I knew I could go faster!"

Octo Pramac Racing rider shoots back up the timesheets in Qatar

After a lot of hard work in Sepang and Phillip Island to get back in the groove and unlock more potential in his GP16 Ducati, Octo Pramac’s Scott Redding shot back up the timesheets in Qatar and ended Day 3 at Losail in P6.

Getting back some confidence and feeling, Redding was happy with his race pace and time-attack – and promises there is still more to come.

Scott Redding, P6: “I know bike has a lot of potential. So we had to work a lot, a little bit on my setting from last year because my problem was no confidence – I crashed in every test - which is not really like me - and I was off the pace. So we had to keep trying things and we tried a few things out the box which seemed to work for me. I was working with the bike more like my old self; just doing what I want to do and going with my feeling. I was going faster and faster. Since I got the feeling with the front I’ve been able to build my confidence a lot more. I was saying to the guys that I feel after the time attack that I could go faster – and it’s been a long time since I knew I could go faster. So the work we’ve done has been a bit late but it was good to come here. I said I wasn’t going to push for a laptime before Qatar – and I think we’ve built up quite nicely with the race run, pushing about 80% to be consistently in the 1:55s and low 1:56s. I’m really happy with the job we’ve done.”

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