Britain's Scott Redding desperately craves improved traction to enhance his chances of a strong result at Jerez after the Gresini Honda rider qualified in a lowly 18th position.

Redding found the going tough on the RCV1000R in Spain with excessive wheel-spin his biggest cause for concern.

The MotoGP rookie, who was eighth in Q1 with a time of 1m 40.453s, admits he has a lot of work to do as he contemplates a sixth row start on Sunday.

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"There is still much work to do if we want to find more grip: I have no traction and I struggled a lot today, so tonight we will analyse all the data with the team in an attempt to improve," Redding said.

"I also had a small crash in qualifying: it was under braking, and as soon as I released the brakes I lost the front.

"The bike was more or less okay and I managed to bring it back to the pits, then I set my best lap time, but we have to work hard if we want to catch the group of riders in front of us," he added.

"Since the beginning of the weekend unfortunately the situation has remained the same, with the exception of the braking, which is improved. At the rear, however, there is too much spinning at the moment."

American rider Nicky Hayden was the top production Honda rider in 12th place on the Drive M7 Aspar RCV1000R, setting a time of 1m 39.826s.