A despondent Scott Redding blamed a torn rear tyre for his 7th place finish, 11 seconds behind the winner, Jordi Torres, in today’s Moto2 race at Sachsenring in Germany. And judging by the photos we’ve obtained, the evidence is brutally obvious.
The Moto2 Championship leader told Bike Social; “The tyre was pretty f****d, torn down the side and it cost me. I should have finished 5th and probably had enough to challenge for 4th… but I didn’t have the level for the podium today.”
After strong performances in the two free practice sessions on Friday, Scott’s grip troubles began on Saturday leaving him and the MarcVDS team to make a significant setting change which affected the bike’s stability during qualifying session.“The first day was fine but we struggled on the second. We tried to get more grip by changing the bike set-up but we ran out of time in qualifying.”
Bike Social sponsored Redding started in 8th place on the grid and after a strong start to the race made good progress up to 5th within the first two laps but that is when the rear tyre problems started. With the leading four bikes starting to pull a gap, Redding’s rubber-suffering began with the left hand side of the rear tyre proving to be the main problem and on a circuit with 10 left-handers out of 13 corners it meant the 20 year olds’ attempts to reel in the top 4 vanished soon after.The tyre grip and condition continued to deteriorate and by half-race distance it began to tear along the left hand shoulder resulting in some bad chatter and giving Tom Luthi and Alex de Angelis the opportunity to get passed leaving Redding to hold onto 7th place, admirable considering the condition of the hard compound rear at the end of the race.
“When De Angelis passed he had so much rear traction at the end of the race, more than I had at the start!”, explained Redding. “Sometimes it’s like that in racing, you learn and try and do better next time.”
The saving grace was that Championship rival Pol Espargaro, who looked good for the win after leading for the first 19 laps of the 29 lap race, eventually finished 3rd after Simone Corsi passed him on the last. This cuts Redding’s lead to 23 points as the Moto2 teams head into a five week summer break before the next race in Indianapolis because Moto2 and Moto3 don’t race at Laguna Seca with MotoGP next weekend.
So what does Scott do with 5 weeks off? “I like Indy and am looking forward to it, I’ve got to start winning again but for now I’ll head home, chill out, rest and perhaps do a bit of downhill mountain biking. Depends on the weather really!”