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Spain MotoGP: Scott Redding in a spin

"Maybe with experience they have something over me because on the long corners I was just spinning and spinning” – Scott Redding.
Having struggled throughout the Spanish MotoGP weekend, Scott Redding was pleased to finish 13th and only eight seconds behind the leading Open Honda of Nicky Hayden.

An eventful opening lap began with a poor start, then a scare at turn six, the hairpin at the end of the back straight, where he had no brakes.

Speaking exclusively to after the 27 lap race Redding said: "The race was good and I had a good first lap was good and I made some good moves and fought with Nicky.

“I had a little problem with the brake on the first lap into turn six and I had no brake. I thought that I was going to take a couple of riders with me but I got the bike stopped in time and then a few laps when Crutchlow had his problem he was looking behind and was on the racing line and I lost the gap to Nicky and that made me suffer a little bit.

"I tried to catch Nicky again but lost the front one time and managed to catch it and push myself up from the elbow and then I got into a bit of a rhythm. The tyre [super-soft] started to drop after six laps and then a bigger drop after 16 laps I had an even bigger drop. This was when Hiroshi [Aoyama] started to catch me and I was spinning, spinning and he passed me and I fought back.

"We fought for four or five and then on one lap he pushed me wide in turn six and we were together but when we came back on track I could fight back anymore. He made a gap to me and I just had to accept it and try and stay as close as possible to him. After the weekend that we had I'm happy with the race and the guys are happy because they know that I pushed all the way but tomorrow [in the test] we need to find something to improve because on the short circuits like this we need more traction."

Redding struggled for rear grip all weekend and while his Gresini team improved the situation it was still not ideal for the race with Redding also lacking the experience to find ways around the issue unlike his Open Honda rivals:

"The guys made a big change yesterday with the rear suspension to give me a better feeling and it was better in warm-up but it still wasn't enough. It was a step and I made a step too but it wasn't enough because Nicky and Hiroshi had more than us. Maybe with experience they have something over me because on the long corners I was just spinning and spinning.

"We need to find rear grip-whether it's from tyre settings, suspension or power delivery-we need to find more rear grip. On the edge I'm always losing the rear and it starts to spin and then that carries on as I lift up the bike."

Le Mans is next on the MotoGP calendar and is a circuit that Redding is looking forward to racing at. Having claimed his first Moto2 victory there last year he is looking forward to returning but still aware that while Jerez did not suit his Open Honda that finding a solution for similar circuits is important for the remainder of the season:

"I think Le Mans could be better for me. This circuit isn't a favourite of mine, I don't dislike it though. The stop and go circuits could suit this bike and my style but it's not an excuse I need to find something and we're willing to work to find that. Maybe we'll find something in testing tomorrow and then it will work at Le Mans. Maybe it will rain there as well which would my first time in the wet which would be interesting as well."

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