Moto2: Redding ‘the tyre started to tear’
15 July 2013
Scott Redding starts the Moto2 summer break with a reduced 23-point lead over Pol Espargaro after suffering his worst result of the season at the Sachsenring on Sunday.
Like many riders, Espargaro included, Redding struggling badly with the high wear rate of his rear tyre.
The Englishman's grand prix became a damage limitation exercise as early as lap 2 of 29, with his tyre starting to tyre at mid-distance
The Marc VDS rider hung on to claim seventh place, the only good news for Redding being a last lap pass by Simone Corsi on Espargaro, which put the Pons rider in third.
"What can I say; from lap two or three I was struggling with rear grip from the left hand side of the tyre,” said Redding. “In the right-handers and through the first sector I was catching hand over fist, but when it came to the left-hand corners I had virtually no edge grip on entry or exit.
“From halfway onwards the tyre started to tear, which reduced grip even further and also caused pretty bad chatter.
“I was disappointed not to finish in front of Lüthi and De Angelis, because with Pol only third, a fifth place finish would have seen me go into the summer break with more than a 25 point lead in the championship standings.
“I need to come back strong in Indianapolis, to start the second half of the season in the same way I started the first half."
Team principal Michael Bartholemy, also heavily involved in negotiations to place Redding in MotoGP next year, revealed that the tyre problems were unexpected as well as unsafe.
"We are lucky to leave the Sachsenring with Scott still leading the championship by 23 points after the tyre problems he and Mika [Kallio] experienced today,” said Bartholemy.
“We know tyres are an issue here, especially the left hand side of the rear, but we weren't expecting such a rapid deterioration. During free practice we ran more than one race simulation on the tyres we used today in the race, in very similar conditions, with no problems at all. But then, today, it's like we'd used a completely different tyre.
“It's a similar situation to that which we experienced in Austin and, to be honest, it's something that needs to be addressed as a matter of safety. Scott and Mika did well not to crash today, never mind finish in the points, but both are bitterly disappointed with the results.”
Kallio, who finished 13th, confirmed that there had been no sign of the problems during practice.
"It's difficult to understand the tyre problem we had today. In practice yesterday I completed two race distance runs of 27 or 28 laps on the same tyre, with the same settings in the bike, in almost identical conditions and there was no problem.
“Today, after just six laps, the rear grip dropped off massively while I was running fifth and I couldn't maintain the lap time. As the race progressed and the rear continued to deteriorate it started inducing chatter, which was causing a lot of problems on corner entry.
“I'm really disappointed, as I thought we'd done everything right this weekend, but today was a disaster."
The Moto2 class does not race at Laguna Seca and will return to action at Indianapolis in mid-August.