Pramac Ducati rider Scott Redding was lucky to walk away from MotoGP’s FP4 session after a suspected rear tyre failure brought out the red flags half way through the session.
Suffering from what looked like the outer shell of the tyre delaminating - with enough force to damage the seat unit of his GP15 Ducati – he nonetheless didn’t crash thanks to the inner carcass remaining intact.
The session was restarted only to again be red flagged as Michelin investigated the cause of the incident. However, no bans have been placed on using the medium compound tyre for this afternoon’s now-delayed qualifying.
The decision to restart the session after the incident has already brought criticism to race control, with a number of people surprised at their decision to restart the session before completing an investigation.
The crash had shades of Loris Baz's high-speed tumble at the Sepang test; but with that crash caused by a puncture and a wholly deflated tyre, it's unlikely that the two crashes share a cause.