9 August 2015
MotoGP Indianapolis: New tyre problematic for Redding
Scott Redding is unable to qualify inside the top twelve at Indianapolis but feels he has the pace 'to go with the second group' in Sunday's race
Scott Redding was unable to repeat his feat of qualifying for Q2, as he did on his last visit to the USA, at Saturday in Indianapolis but believes he has the consistency to race 'with the second group' on Sunday.
Having struggled to get the most out of a new tyre all season in qualifying, Redding could qualify no higher than 13th with a time that was 1.3s slower than Marc Marquez's pole lap.
Still, Redding placed well inside the top ten on Friday afternoon and believes his consistency isn't bad ahead of the 27-lap race. Although frustrated at not qualifying higher, his principal aim remains 'making a result of it.'
“Race pace is not too bad,” said Redding. “My biggest problem is with the new tyre again, I just can't f**king get it to work. Just struggling a little bit to get the tyre to load, sometimes I load it too much, it spins too much. So that was my biggest issue. We went a bit quicker, and we had been struggling in the past races to go quicker with the new tyre, so the good thing is we did make a step. But with these other guys with the soft tyre, it just wasn't enough again.
“My consistency seems pretty good to go with the second group, so that's what I'm concentrating on the most. I am disappointed about qualifying, but I need to forget a bit about that, and try and work for the race, because the consistency's not bad, and I think we have a chance to go with that second group, and I just really need to try and make a result out of it.
“Mainly when I go into 5 I lose entry grip, on exit of 6, 10, 12. It feels like I have it, and then all of a sudden, it's gone, and I'm like, what's happening. Then I don't really know what's going to happen, and I can't predict what's going to happen. One minute it's there, the next it's gone.
“I think the first five might get away, and then the second group, when we check the lap times, we're in one or two tenths give or take. But always on Sunday, like I said, when the Dunlop rubber's down, it changes quite a lot. So we have to see how the beginning of the race is, because the track gets better the more laps you put on it, it's just in the beginning, they might break away, so I really need to work for the first half of the race.”
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