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Jerez MotoGP Test: Redding improves on ‘60% of track’

"In the end we found something that was better, let me say, in 60% of the track" - Scott Redding.
Scott Redding improved on his best lap of the Jerez MotoGP weekend during Monday's test, when the rookie worked on solving the rear traction issues suffered during the race.

The Gresini Honda Open class rider completed a mammoth 71 laps, setting the twelfth fastest lap, 0.2s under his qualifying time.

“We struggled again with rear grip through the day, but we worked hard to find a solution and in the end we found something that was better, let me say, in 60% of the track,” Redding declared. “In some corners there was no difference, but in some others was better.

“So, this test was useful for us: we learned a lot, and we also tested some [Nissin] braking parts to be used later on in the season. Today it was quite hard to get up again and to be strong again, ready to ride, after a race, but overall I'm quite happy to have made this test.”

Redding finished 13th in the grand prix.

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May 07, 2014 12:58 PM
Last Edited 899 days ago

Scott shot himself in the foot when he started calling out other riders on such a limited result. That's why there's backlash. And since he's gone backwards at Austin, Argentina, and Jerez - he has to learn to give assessments of his riding based on himself alone, and not worry about outright results or excuses when he has hick-ups. He's a rookie. Be a rookie, Scott. You'll learn the ropes. Talk about improvements like you did here with the test. Leave other riders out of it for the time being. Don't worry about Bautista and Hayden. You sound like a prima donna when you say "I deserve Bautista's bike now" or "ideally our pace is better than Nicky's" when your results say otherwise. If he hadn't started with the whole "the target has changed" bit - everyone would say he's doing well considering the bike he's on. What I will say though - is that I wonder how things would work out if he and Pol were on equal machinery. I bet we'd see him extremely competitive against Pol.

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