Scott Redding was only able to set the 17th fastest time in qualifying for the Malaysian MotoGP, having been frustrated by riders looking for a tow.
Speaking exclusively to Crash.net
, Redding admitted that setting a strong pace in FP4 had meant that some riders in Q1 were trying to latch onto him for one quick lap.
"It's been a bit up and down, but it's really strange because the track conditions changed quite a lot and the feeling is different," said the Open class Gresini Honda rider.
"FP4 was quite good for me and it felt consistent and I was fast but in qualifying it was different. Having a good FP4 was a bit of a mistake because in qualifying everyone tries to follow you but I was really confident that I could make the laptime on my own but everyone tried to follow me.
"Aoyama made the best laptime behind me in the slipstream. That's what messed it up for me because no-one would lead and everyone was waiting for me to go, but I didn't want to do that and give four other guys an advantage over me. So I kind of messed up qualifying by not just going out and going for it, but I need the slipstream as well because I'm 9 or 10 km/h down on Aoyama on the straights so I need the slipstream."
In the closing stages of Q1 Redding even dived into the pits for a ride-through to try and break the train behind him at Sepang. However some of those riders followed him into the pits and while he was clearly frustrated by the situation he admitted that he could understand why riders take such steps in qualifying:
"There was too many people and when Aoyama went I tried to just get onto the back of him but Abraham came and the same thing happened again which kind of sucked. In MotoGP the slipstream is worth maybe two or three tenths on each straight but it's doing the whole lap, even the fast corners, with a bit of slipstream because it helps in those areas. When you're underpowered like us, it definitely helps."