Author: Scott Redding Posted: 28 Jun 2014
Scott Redding finished twelfth in the Dutch TT MotoGP race in Assen this afternoon, although reckons he could have done better had he switched to slick tyres earlier in the race. Redding was undecided on which tyre to go with at the start of the race and changed his mind twice before starting from the back of the grid on wets. However the British rider soon figured this was a mistake, heading into the pits for slick tyres a lap before any other rider.
Fighting with big names like Jorge Lorenzo and Pol Espargaro, Redding fought on to finish twelfth and top production Honda. Each week after the race, Scott puts a quick blog together for us and here’s this week’s edition:
Today’s race was difficult, strange and awkward to be honest! I just did not know what tyre to start on. I decided to go wet and as I was on the grid it started to dry so then when we had the two extra warm up laps I thought ‘f**k it I’ll go for the slick tyre’ so I came into the pits for the dry bike but as I got on it, it started to rain again so I switched back to the wet bike and started from the back of the grid. After three laps it was dry again so I came in for slicks and went for it.
I struggled in the early stages with the wet tyre in the greasy conditions which lost me a bit of time. was going to switch to slicks a lap earlier but I was a bit sceptical with it being my first time in that situation, I wanted to be sure. I did one more lap to have a good look at the track and pitted and went for it.
As I’d lost quite a bit of time in the beginning I had to put the hammer down when I got out on the slicks and make the most of it while the guys were on the wet tyres. All the guys that were in front of me came out of pitlane as I came by, so I had to pass Petrucci, Aoyama, Abraham and Hayden and then there was a gap ahead to Pol Espargaro and Lorenzo and I caught them up! I passed Lorenzo and was then behind Pol for some laps and then he crashed out leaving me more or less alone. I was a bit concerned when I caught up with Lorenzo, I didn’t know what he was doing. I caught him and passed him and I was over a second quicker than him, so it was a bit strange to be honest. In the end he was coming back again but it wasn’t enough.
Qualifying was a bit off really and warm up this morning was a disaster so to come home with this position I’m pretty happy. Nothing was wrong as such in qualifying it’s just the guys in front got a better hook up and I didn’t have anyone in front to try and chase down, that’s how you find time in these sessions. It’s always a new track for me on this bike but the main thing is that on Sunday we were on front.
I think Sachsenring will be another strong circuit for us on the open bike. We’ll have to see how it goes and do our best, we’ll try and be fast straight out of the blocks and be consistent.
Thanks for all the support as always, speak after Sachsenring. Scott.