Scott Redding has been left rueing what could have been after a difficult weekend for the Pramac Ducati rider in Argentina – first with delaminating tyres and then with an electrical problem robbing him of a podium finish.
Making a strong start working his way through the pack, the Gloucestershire racer looked set on taking only his second ever MotoGP podium when a gremlin with the GP15 machine left him powerless.
“Pedrosa passed me on my out lap [from the pit stop], but he only pulled three tenths on me, which is good! I knew I was going to be faster than him, and I was able to get past him and make a gap. I was only riding 80% though, because I knew it was too much of a gap to the leaders to do anything.
“I went into turn one, went for the gas, and there was nada. I tried to reboot the engine like three times and got nothing. It was frustrating, because I lost an opportunity to take some good points. I was sixth at the time and would have been third with the crashes.”
The team have been left stumped with the cause of the issue, too, with a through investigation set to take place once the arrive in Texas to try and find out if the reason Redding was left with no throttle was electrical, mechanical or software-related.
“It didn’t cut out – it was just like the throttle was disconnected when I opened it, and it just wobbled without revving. It was strange, because the gas was trying to come – and when I put it into neutral it would rev! We don’t know that the problem is yet – and it would have been nice for it to happen in practice instead of the race!
“I’m disappointed because we made a good race considering the problems we had. We made good of a bad weekend again, but then something had to come and get us again, which was quite annoying!”