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MotoGP France: Redding taking heart for Mugello after Le Mans DNF

'In those few laps this morning and in the race was the biggest step we made all weekend, so I'm happy to have something in my pocket for Mugello' - Scott Redding.
Scott Redding's weekend ended in disappointment at Le Mans in France but the British rider has taken heart from the opening laps of the race and is now keen to move forward to the next round at Mugello in Italy.

The Pramac Ducati rider was forced out with a technical problem after six laps when he was running inside the top six.

Redding, though, believes he has taken a step forward with the electronics and is clinging to the positives from a frustrating weekend.

“I felt a little bit strange a few corners before with the engine: where Dovi [Andrea Dovizioso] and Marc [Marquez] crashed, the rear came around,” Redding said.

“I thought maybe it was rear brake, but in the end it wasn't. Then I went into turn seven or eight, just before the back straight, but the power was really aggressive and it was strange, so I just changed the mapping. It felt good and that was why I caught up on Dani, but then it broke and the engine just stopped.

“I was a bit scared because I didn't know if it was locked or not, so I took the clutch, turned off and reset and tried again, but nothing happened and in the end we couldn't finish the race,” he added.

“I'm really happy with the beginning of the race and in fact with the whole of today, because the weekend was difficult for me and I had to re-evaluate the situation and get myself under control a bit more.

“From our lap time overall, we weren't really much better but when we put the lap together the lap time was good and I felt consistent. Actually I felt better with my second bike this morning but I struggled when I changed to bike one.”

Redding made numerous changes for the race and they seemed to have paid off until his progress was abruptly cut short.

“We changed a lot of things for the race to give me the settings from bike two to bike one,” Redding said.

“I felt good in the race and the feel I was getting, I thought the lap time was 35' low or 34' high, but when I checked it was 34' low, so I was settling in to where I needed to be.

“Normally in the race I struggle to make the same lap time as in practice or warm-up but actually I was making the same lap time, so I've taken the positive from that.

“I think maybe we've found something from the electronics from my side and I think sometimes I'm trying to ask too much from the engine and it's making it difficult for me,” he added.

“We came here to race and it was another race where I think I could have done a good result. I felt comfortable, I didn't want to do anything crazy to try and prove a point, I just wanted to make the top ten and I was in that area to achieve that," he said

"But we can't look back at what happened and we have to move on to the future and Mugello is next.

“I've happy that I found something today and I'd like to have done the whole race to see how we got on, but in those few laps this morning and in the race was the biggest step we made all weekend, so I'm happy to have something in my pocket for Mugello.”

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May 10, 2016 1:01 PM

Remember seeing him in moto 2 and thinking that he would be awesome in Moto gp with his style and strength but it has never happened. It is pretty obvious by now that any Honda is a pig to ride for anybody but Marquez and he is now on a GP15 but by his own admission he is a very lucky guy to still have a ride but he needs to pull some decent performances out of somewhere soon to give a glymps of what he is capable of or he will be fishing next year


May 10, 2016 5:13 PM

Rayzerp2: I think there is too many people thinking they can run at the front too fast these days in moto gp. Better to come in and get solid results and build some confidence and momentum fairness to Bradley Smith that is exactly what he has done he just does not have the raw speed to kick on to next level it would seem...but he does have a job for next year! Scott and even Cal are chucking it away far too much at the minute and yes it is admirable to want to run at the front but a solid run of best of the rest would do either no harm
Scott hasn't chucked it away this season during a race, two DNF's from the bike breaking down. He has his problems but he's definitely not a crasher like Cal.

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