19 May 2014
Le Mans MotoGP: Redding unhappy with Crutchlow 'cut-through'
"Crutchlow was in front and I was closing on him, then he made a 'cut-through'" - Scott Redding.
Gresini Honda's Scott Redding felt fellow Briton Cal Crutchlow gained an advantage from 'cutting the track' during Sunday's French MotoGP.
“[Cal] Crutchlow was in front and I was closing on him, then he made a 'cut-through' and I lost one second on him and then he did the same again and again,” Redding said. “So I couldn't catch him because he kept cutting the track, which was a bit unfair really that he didn't get penalised.”
The pair went on to finish eleventh and twelfth, but with Crutchlow 14-seconds clear of Redding. The Factory Ducati star said he only gained a tenth of a second at the chicane and that it didn't affect the race outcome.
“I made a mistake and went through the chicane, and I gained a tenth of a second. I have to apologise for that. It was one of those things, but I don't think I was the only one in the race. I watched maybe ten guys go off there and gain more than me,” Crutchlow said.
“I came around and saw the lap time was a 34.7, and I thought it was a little bit close because a normal lap would have been a 34.8 or something. So I gained around a tenth on the guy in front of me, but also the next lap was slower. So I was a little bit cautious with that.
“Anyway I didn't beat the guys that I gained the tenth of a second on, so there should be no issue at all,” concluded Crutchlow, who was 2.5s behind former Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Bradley Smith at the chequered flag.
Meanwhile, 21-year-old rookie Redding finished as the top Production Honda rider for the second time.
“It was a good race for me and I learnt a lot; every race I learn more with the spinning and control and I'm happy with it. We need to be quicker earlier in the weekend to try and make my life a bit easier,” Redding said.
Redding grew in confidence throughout the weekend after battling a lack of front-end feedback during first practice on the RCV1000R on Friday and was satisfied with the efforts of his team as they strove to improve the issue.
“I'm happy enough with the race because we struggled a bit on Friday for front-end feel, but the guys worked really well together, which gave me the confidence back in FP4 and qualifying,” he said.
“We found our rhythm again, which was good because we've always been the third or fourth Open Honda; I know I shouldn't be there but the bike wasn't working.
“Once I got the bike working again I got more confidence and more feeling and in the race I felt quite consistent and strong,” added the series rookie, who is now looking ahead to the next round at Mugello.
“At least I've been around Mugello on a MotoGP bike [in Ducati test in 2012] so we'll see how it turns out; I like the circuit and it's quite demanding, so let's see how it goes in the race.”
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