MotoGP »

MotoGP Malaysia: 'Up and down day' for Redding

"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" - Scott Redding.
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."


Tagged as: Honda , redding

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Redding, Malaysian MotoGP 2014
Rossi at 2016 Monza Rally Show (Monster)
Marquez at FIM Gala
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith, Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sam Lowes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sam Lowes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Pirro, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Petrucci, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Codger

October 25, 2014 2:27 PM

Maybe he shouldn't complain about lack of speed but he certainly has reason to. Especially when getting outgunned by 2 riders on the home straight last week. The boy can ride, in fact in sector 2 in FP4 only 3 riders were quicker than Scott. He was faster than Rossi, Dovi, and Jorge, Smith, Cal, all on much faster bikes..

Cubikrube

October 25, 2014 4:13 PM

Wow, quick to slate the lad who has done well all season, most consistent rider, very few offs and learning his trade in the top class with what is recognised as a poor bit of kit. Haters gonna hate though.... Next year he'll show the doubters and his true fans will be looking forward to you eating humble pie. I believe in him 100%, always have done and been posting as much on here for years. 2015 gonna be good. Go #45!!



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.