MotoGP: Redding caught out by high temperatures in Barcelona

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Scott Redding was left disappointed at last weekend’s Catalan MotoGP race after high temperatures in Sunday’s race left him unable to find grip for his Pramac Ducati as he nursed it home in sixteenth and outside the points.

Coming after a strong weekend that saw Redding in Q2 qualifying and taking eleventh on the grid, he was left disappointed with the result of the race.

“It is really difficult to explain what happened with such a so high rubber consumption. We did well throughout the weekend but in the race, after a few laps, it was difficult to ride. Probably it is also due to the temperature as today it was very hot. I expected a lot more, to be honest.

“We have to work a lot because all Ducati struggled while I see that other manufactories have done well. I tried during the race to change my riding style to adapt it to the rubber. I did everything but there was nothing he really could to change things.”

It was a better weekend for his teammate Danilo Petrucci, however, taking another strong top ten finish in ninth ah he continues his delayed start to the season following his pre-season injury.

“It was a good race until five laps from the chequered flag when I managed to pass Dovizioso. I was calm throughout the race to preserve the rear tire and I thought I could play with him for seventh. Then I felt that the rubber was over, almost suddenly, and it was very risky.

“I do not know what was the problem, maybe it depends on our set up as the tire that we used was the same as Valentino, Marquez and Pedrosa. However, I want to thank the team for the great job they have done: we have proven to be competitive in any circuit. I would have liked to be the best Ducati.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer