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MotoGP Australia: Redding outgunned in fight for fifth

"I came out of the last corner in front [of Barbera and Bautista] but both of them passed me to the line" - Scott Redding.
Scott Redding equalled his best result of the season by finishing seventh in the Philip Island MotoGP.

However the Englishman was somewhat disappointed not to have taken the scalp of beating the Factory machines of Hector Barbera and Alvaro Bautista.

A mistake on the fourth lap left Redding near the back of the field, but his ability to cut through the midfield and battle to the front was impressive.

"On lap four I nearly hit the back of Hernandez into turn four, I actually just clipped the back of him," said Redding. "The wind changed a little bit and I lost four seconds to the other guys. I was running the harder rear so I thought that if I could get a good rhythm that I could do ok. I was pushing and pushing and I got a good rhythm and I was catching up with the other group, I always had a target and when I got to the Open Hondas I was satisfied."

Once ahead of the Open Hondas, Redding changed his target to beating Bautista in what would eventually be a battle for fifth position.

Redding managed to get ahead of his team-mate but was outgunned once they came onto the pit straight and could do nothing to defend against the Ducati of Barbera and his Gresini team-mate's Factory Honda:

"I battled it out with them on the last lap and I passed Alvaro coming out of turn six and I passed Barbera at the last corner and I came out of the last corner in front but both of them passed me to the line. I was 15k's slower than them so that obviously makes a big difference."

Overall though Redding comes away from the Australian race satisfied with his progress and pleased to have put the last few difficult races behind him as he moves on to Sepang.

"The weekend has been much better than the last few. In qualifying I felt good but just didn't quite put it all together. I felt comfortable this morning with the hard tyre and I was really happy. Malaysia is going to be quite difficult with those two long straights so it's a bit of a horsepower track so we'll have to try and push to be the top Honda."

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October 19, 2014 1:01 PM

EXCELLENT race by Scotty !! Moved up from the back of the pack, eventually passing the Aspar Hondas and checked out. I am sure he feels vindicated. Very good for a rookie on the third tier bike. Congrats.


October 19, 2014 1:06 PM

agree Kenfluky, Scott was back to normal by whipping Hayden and Aoyama. It must be sooooo frustrating for Scott to have such a huge top speed difference,coming out of the last corner 5th to be overtaken by 2 bikes on a straight. I do believe he'll do well net year with a proper bike

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