Redding’s race ended by warning lights

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Scott Redding’s chances at a strong finish in front of Ducati top brass in Mugello was once again been thwarted by mechanical problems on the Pramac bike at the weekend, when warning lights forced him to retire to the pits out of a strong top ten.

However, the 23 year old was surprisingly upbeat after the mechanical DNF, his third of the season so far, as he insisted after the race that there was a lot of positives to take from the weekend.

“It’s not my fault again, so from one side of things I’m happy with my performance and my side of things. We had a problem with the warning lights – the bike didn’t stop, but a lot of lights came on and it’s a fresh engine so I didn’t want to blow it – and that was that.

:I’m disappointed because we had a good weekend up until then – up and down, but more ups than downs! I felt a bit edgy with the hard front but had to use it for the race – and still felt comfortable on it. When the lights came on, I lost some concentration, tried to slow up and recover it, but in the end thought ‘you know what, I can come home safe here, save an engine, and try again in Barcelona.’

“I think that Ducati should just wheel a factory bike into my garage for the next race to apologise! It’s not like they’re doing it on purpose and it’s not their fault – if the wheels fell out it would have been a different story. It’s just a mechanical thing, and it can happen – it just seems like we’re having a lot of it recently.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer