Scott Redding was left disappointed after the Malaysian MotoGP even though he finished the race as the leading Open Honda.

However, a decision to use the harder rear tyre left the Englishman unable to catch the riders in front of him.

Redding finished the race tenth, having been helped by crashes for numerous riders, but Malaysia was always likely to be the toughest race of the season for the Open Honda riders given their lack of power.

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"I was struggling because I used the harder rear tyre," said Redding. "It wasn't too bad in the beginning because I could get a rhythm with Nicky and Hiroshi but when there was the crash at turn one I lost the other guys and with the hard tyre I couldn't catch them. I could only do the same laptime as those guys, so once I was broken from them they got further in front due to the two straights and it made it really difficult for me. I should have gone with the softer tyre today because with it I could have gone with the other Open guys."

The physical conditions in Sepang are always very difficult for riders to deal with and for many riders the physical training that they undertake through the season is in preparation for races like Malaysia.

For Redding the hard work paid off because he also suffered a problem with his camelback, the hump on a rider's leathers that holds their drink.

"Also the camelback wasn't working properly so I had no water for the whole race and it was so hot out there. I finished the race which is always a good thing to do in Malaysia because it's such a hard race, there was so many people falling because of the concentration needed and the heat, and for me this was the hardest race that I've ever done. I've struggled before here in Moto2 but even today when I was prepared [for the conditions] it was still so difficult but I'm strong enough mentally to get through that and now I also know what I have to work on for next year."

Redding is now heading towards the final round of his rookie campaign and his final race with Gresini before returning to Marc VDS for a Factory Honda ride.

"It's not one of my favourite circuits but we'll do the best that we can. It'd be nice to finish as the first Open Honda and maybe at Valencia we can make it and be closer to the Factory guys and see what we can do. At the end of the night I can take off this shirt and get focused on next year because I'm excited to get onto the Factory bike the next day and getting ready to go on it!"