MotoGP: Redding ‘lost respect’ for teammate Petrucci

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Scott Redding has slammed Pramac Ducati teammate Danilo Petrucci, after contact between the pair on the second lap of yesterday’s MotoGP race left Redding in the gravel and Petrucci with a ride-through penalty.

And, speaking after the race, Redding admitted that after a series of incidents this season, he’s now lost a lot of respect for his teammate.

“We’ve had a few close encounters, but it’s not the first time he’s taken someone out or that someone has complained about him being dangerous. He makes his moves very late and very deep, like with Laverty in Red Bull Ring. That pass was completely impossible, and it was the same shit again today.

“For me racing should be close, and you can have contact, but when you take someone down that’s too much. Of course he’s going to say he had a problem, because he’s not going to admit he made a mistake. If you have an engine-braking problem then you take a step back – it’s the first laps of the race. Yeah he got a penalty, but that’s twice in five races and that says something.”

But the Italian, so said afterwards that the contact was caused by an engine-braking problem that made it hard to judge the correct entry speed to turns, was more than apologetic after the race, admitting that the blame was all his.

“I’m sorry for him, and I don’t want to make excuses – it was my fault. I don’t know why he crashed on the kerb as he turned, but I’m very sorry. It’s the second time this year, and it’s never happened to me before. He is very angry, and he is right to be because I ruined his race.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer