MotoGP rookie Scott Redding was disappointed to lose out to Production Honda rival Nicky Hayden for a debut Qualifying 2 place in Argentina.

The Gresini rider was just 0.040s behind Hayden, leaving him 13th on the grid.

Without enough engine performance to challenge the Factory class machines, Redding is gauging his performances relative to former world champion Hayden, also riding an RCV1000R.

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Redding beat the American for seventh and top Open Honda honours on his MotoGP debut in Qatar, but fell while three places behind Hayden last time in Texas.

"I'm happy with my qualifying: we checked the split times and it's clear that my ideal lap time would have been quicker than Hayden," said Redding.

"When I went out on track I didn't push hard enough with the new softer tyre in the beginning: it was my own fault, and it's a good lesson for the future. Then, I lost the rear a couple of times in my last two fast laps, losing 0.5 seconds in only one sector.

"All in all, I'm satisfied, but also a little disappointed because Nicky is in front of us. During Free Practice 4 I felt really good and I was pretty consistent with the hard tyre, thanks to a set-up change made on the front end, so today we made big improvements.

"Regarding tyres, I think that the only option for the race is the harder compound; anyway, the track is coming better, so is the tyre life, therefore tomorrow's race could be really interesting for us."