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MotoGP Netherlands: Redding hails 'amazing' Assen podium

'After struggling and not giving up, I thought 'maybe I'm not going to finish a race this year' and now I did and I'm stood here, so I'm very happy' - Scott Redding.
Scott Redding feels he has finally put his bad luck behind him after the Pramac Ducati rider claimed a magnificent third place in the Dutch TT.

The British rider caught and passed Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Pol Espargaro on the penultimate lap, making his move on the brakes at turn 1 before pulling away to consolidate the final position on the podium on the Pramac Ducati.

Redding made it two satellite machines on the rostrum after Jack Miller won the race on the Marc VDS Honda from Marc Marquez on the factory Repsol Honda.

“It's good because we had a bad start to the season, not so much from riding and with the team, but we just had some bad luck and a couple of problems. We didn't give up and yesterday starting from the front row was also good and to finish third today was amazing,” Redding said.

“After struggling and not giving up, I thought 'maybe I'm not going to finish a race this year' and now I did and I'm stood here, so I'm very happy.”

Redding was wary of pushing too hard in the opening stages of the race but once he found his rhythm, he made swift progress through the pack on the Desmosedici GP15.

“For me it was a bit different and in both races I started to race not so good because I wanted to understand the track and not make any silly mistakes in the beginning,” he said.

“In the first race when the rain came I felt better but it was stopped at the right time, or maybe one or two laps late because there was a lot of rain, a lot of aquaplaning. Anyway the job was done in the first race and going into the second race there was a lot of rain, but no standing water instantly.

“When I went off the start I didn't want to push too much and I didn't want to lose the race in the first laps. These guys were just going and had a lot of rear grip. I pushed more than I wanted to and still they were going away, so I thought I was already going to crash, so I took one step back, held the position and I saw the guys crashing,” Redding added.

“The level I had was OK and then when the track came to me I started to catch Pol [Espargaro] and I thought there was no reason really to pass because I didn't have the pace to catch those guys [Jack Miller and Marc Marquez] and I've been on the limit already, so I saved it until the last two laps and passed him in the first corner.”


Tagged as: Marquez , redding , Espargaro , Miller

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TrueFan

June 27, 2016 9:21 AM

That was a great result from Scott! He overcooked it into the first corner, and dropped back through the pack, and I thought he'd wasted his front row start (well, he did really), but he kept himself in check and rode a superb race from there, picking up places to be on the second row for the restart. He put in a fantastic ride for that result, and he should be proud of it. It's no mean feat to get a podium on a satellite bike these days. @Yearby23 "Would've loved to see Hernandez get Ducati's first win since 2010 though....on the lowest funded oldest machine and team." That would have been sensational!



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