It may have come at the expense of championship challenger Andrea Dovizioso, but Scott Redding rode to a strong eleventh place at Phillip Island on Sunday, to finish as the top Ducati rider at the end of a tight, three-rider battle.

Redding revealed Ducati management had “ignored” him in the period after the Australian Grand Prix after he out-dragged Dovizioso to the line on the last lap, to score five points for eleventh. Dani Pedrosa followed Redding by, demoting Dovizioso to a lacklustre 13th - a severe blow in his championship quest.

The Englishman had already received an order via dashboard communication to allow Dovizioso by after the factory rider made a costly mistake on lap two. Redding duly obliged and could only watch on as the official GP17 broke clear.

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Yet Redding soon found feeling, and began to close the gap on Dovizioso and Pedrosa ahead. And after difficult weekends in Aragon, where he finished 14th, and Japan (16th), the Englishman felt he had a point to prove. “People in the paddock doubt me day in, day out,” he said. “When I can use my ability and use the tyre, I need to show it.”

Dovizioso was unmoved by Redding’s pass, stating he was simply embarrassed by his own lack of speed exiting Phillip Island’s fast, final corner. “He was doing his own race,” said the Italian, not wishing to make an issue out of the pass.

“I had a big gap to close,” said Redding of his race. “And you know in MotoGP you cannot take seconds out of guys, you have to chip away, chip away. I was a bit worried about the tire, but most were on soft and I felt good and I could find the grip, save the tyre.

“So I pushed, I went through. I mean, I had to battle a bit, I didn't expect to beat Dovi, because I thought he was a bit stronger when he passed me, but I was really fast in the last corners where normally I struggle, and I went through, and I'm happy. I know some people are not happy, but f**k it, I have to look out for myself sometimes.”

On out-dragging Dovizioso to the line, Redding revealed there had been conversations within Ducati to help out when possible. “I got him out of the last corner. Had to hold it tight, picked it up, I had drive, and down to the corner. But I was battling with Pedrosa as well, I'm not going to sacrifice everything. I've had a s**t two weekends and the least I could do for myself is give myself some confidence.

“There was some word to try and help Dovi, but it's not like that was for a podium position. Then it's different. When he was out of the track, he came back and I passed him, he came alongside me, I let him through, I let him go, and he was gone. But what should I do? If you're catching someone, what are you supposed to do?

“People doubt me around the paddock day in, day out, so when I can use my ability and use the tyre, I need to show it. If I was now again behind Dovi and that, it would be, oh yeah, Scott did well. But now people think, f**k me, Scott did really well, look where he came from. So I didn't do it just to beat him, I was just generally stronger today. Which not even I expected.”

Had he received strict orders before the race at Phillip Island to help the Italian out when possible? “Honestly, beforehand no,” he said. “In Japan and other places yes, but here no.

“But I did have a message on the dashboard during the race to say let Dovi through, which I did and let him go. But then like I say, when you're catching someone and you're a lot stronger, what are you supposed to do?

“I have to think about my career as well. I have a championship. If it was for a top five position, then you have a bigger point difference, then you think, OK. Maybe I would have thought different. But for one point? It's not something I'm going to lose any sleep over.

“I've been struggling week in, week out, and to be honest, they're not really helping me right now. I'm going. That's fine, I also know that. I'll help them if I can help them, but for one point, and after the situation I've been in, I have to sometimes think of myself.

“Last time I helped someone for a championship, I lost the championship myself by 1 point. If it was a different situation then I would have, and I did, I let him through, I let him go. He had distance, but I was much stronger today, and I wanted to prove that, even to myself.

“So I don't regret going in front, it was a drag to the line, and I think Pedrosa was in front too. So we were battling, and I’m not going to give everything up all the time for that, I need to show myself.”

Pressed on whether Ducati personnel has spoken to him in the immediate aftermath of the race, Redding stated he had been “ignored” before his dealings with the media.

“Normally, they see me after the race, but they've ignored me so far. A little bit pissed off, but when you're in that position, your championship's gone anyway. You need to be at the front. He made the mistake to run on [at turn one on lap two]. It's not my fault.

“I helped him, I let him go, I did my part. But you cannot keep giving all the time, nobody gave me f**k all when I wanted the championship, the only thing I got was a broken arm. So you've got to think about yourself.”

When Dovizioso, now 33 points behind Marc Marquez in the title race, was asked whether he was upset at the Englishman’s actions, he said, “No, he is doing his race.

“I was embarrassed about my traction. He had much better traction at the end. I tried to close all the doors until the last corner and the exit of the last corner I was so slow and he overtake me.”

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So Ducati have been issuing team orders to help Dovi since before Japan? Sending dashboard messages to the Ducati riders? Wow. 

l mean , l understand it and for sure l expected they would, as it would be a huge deal for Ducati to win the title.  But i have to say l'm hating the Dashboard messages. They said it was introduced for safety but it isn't,  it's mostly used for strategy: 'Márquez is following you' , 'let Dovizioso through' ?  wtf? l mean it's F1 bullshlt. l should have never been introduced. 

Hope Ducati drops Reading for the rest of the season and fines him for breaking his contract as I'm sure they have team orders written on it. 

He didn't broke his contract.. As there is nothing written inside about letting others pass.. Only did what any normal motorcycle racer would do, he raced.. Team orders don't belong in Motorsport..

Team orders are bullsh*t, don't turn MotoGP into Formula One.

If Dovi can't get the positions on his own talent, he doesn't deserve the title shot, IMO.

Yes dont turn MOTOGP into F1...we pure outcome...

It appears you are 100% correct, according to what Redding is stating.  Ducati was not using their messaging according to the agreed to terms: rider safety.

This is from Crash.net about the introduction of "virtual pit" text messages from the teams during a race:

Use of the virtual pit board will be optional, however text messages sent by Race Direction, will continue to be mandatory.

The messages sent to riders will be selected from a specific list of agreed options. In other words, teams cannot write whatever they like.

"The Grand Prix Commission approved the use of the 'virtual pit board' messages," MotoGP race director Mike Webb told Crash.net on Friday at the Sachsenring.

For me, Ducati abused this privilage sending a message as they saw fit, which is exactly what we don't want.  What makes MotoGP fun and exciting is watching the rider working with his team via pit-board, getting messages that are predetermined.   We don't want team orders popping up instructing riders to block other riders coming up on them or to move out of the way for a prima donna.  How else are we to ever compare today's racing with that of the past?

Dorna should be issuing penalties for messages that do not comply with what the virtual pit dashboard message technology was designed for.  Anything less is unacceptable.

Yes it is supposed to be a ‘fixed set of agreed messages’. It could be that the message Redding received was ‘drop 1 position’ or something like that, and he knew it was about Dovi, but I mean, in the end I believe it has always been nothing but a lie from race direction that the dashboard communication was introduced for safety. That was a lie. It was never about safety. Everyone knows why it was introduced. Bradley Smith was the rider who explained it better. I think it is a really, really bad and worring  development for motogp in the wrong direction.

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Ducati has many bikes on the grid - Dovi can start from the back of the grid and be at the front in T1 thanks to on-board team orders .

Dovi didn't perform very well yesterday and will need more than just an extra point from Scott Redding to take the title back from Marquez! Scott is not riding for Ducati next year and has a massive chip on his shoulder in general anyway so why would he help anyone else out? Like he says f**k this f**k that and f**k everyone!

Maybe if Ducati had renewed his contract for next season he might be more willing to help, as Nick Harris said, there's no loyalty there. Why would you help the people who didn't help you?

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