Scott Redding feels he spent too much time attempting to perfect his set-up instead of 'getting my head down' and working with what he had, as he ended Saturday's qualifying session in twelfth.
Starting from the fourth row with fellow Brits Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow, Redding was unable to build on the promise he showed in free practice, when he placed as high as third, but took the positives for his first qualifying performance in Pramac Ducati colours.
“Every day I learn something,” started Redding. “It's a new team and we're still learning each other. We learnt something today. I'm disappointed more that I couldn't make a rhythm because I know I could have made a 55.1. That was very possible. But we didn't so we have to look at the positives.
“Race pace isn't too bad, we seemed to do good with used tyres. Yeah, it's a little but frustrating to be there but last year was worse. we'll take the positives from it; the race is long tomorrow. anything can happen, we can work through a few guys and take our time.
On what he learnt from the day, Redding continued, “I should trust myself a bit more. I was trying to find a nice set-up to get the perfect lap and it cost me when I could have been maybe four positions higher. It just cost me where I am now. Maybe it's better to get your head down and do what you've got to do and not try to be almost greedy.”
Pressed on his thoughts for how the race would pan out on Sunday, Redding added, “I think some guys are really going to push from the beginning but for me it's risky because we don't know how the tyres are going to react with the full tank and the conditions.
“Maybe it's better to settle in, find a nice group and find a rhythm and work on them consistent laps. A strong point is to be consistent. Not trying to get too tangled up and start battling with some guys further back. So yeah, if I can get with the top six and hang on to the back of them, do the work we've got to do.
“They're not going to be holding back. I think the only thing the Ducati's can help with is they'll be passing a lot on the front straight with the top speed. It's going to help me. They're going to start battling and I can see and analyse the other riders. Then hopefully we've got enough tyre left to make an attack at the end.”