Scott Redding's decision to fit the harder option rear tyre paid off in the closing stages of the Japanese MotoGP as the British rider hit his target of a top ten finish.

Redding made the change on the grid and although he struggled on the opening laps, he was able to find a strong rhythm later in the race once a dry line began to appear, scything his way up the order and eventually finishing tenth on the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda.

"I'm happy with the second half of the race, but disappointed with the first half. I decided to go with the harder option rear on the grid, but struggled to get the tyre to work until a few laps into the race," Redding said.

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"I lost a lot of time in the opening laps, as my pace wasn't there and people were passing me, which slowed me further. Then, once I'd got some heat into the rear and the front started to come in it was much better and I was able to settle into a good rhythm.

"We don't get these conditions often, so it was a learning experience for me and I think today I learnt more than in a normal race. Overall I'm pretty happy we hit our target of a top ten finish here."

The 22-year-old is now relishing the chance to ride the full-blown RCV at Phillip Island in Australia this weekend after competing on the Open class machine at the picturesque circuit in 2014.

"Now we head to Australia for the next race. It will be different on the factory bike compared to the Open bike I rode last year, so we'll have to see how it goes, but I'm looking forward to getting back to Phillip Island," he said.