Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 13 Jul 2014
Britain’s Scott Redding enjoyed a strong race in the German Grand Prix today, finishing eleventh after battling with factory machines for a top ten result. The race saw a dramatic start with thirteen riders, including Scott, heading into pit lane after the warm-up lap to switch to dry tyres meaning they’d have to start the race from the pit exit after the remaining bikes on the grid had gone past.
Scott kept back at the start but made strong progress towards the middle of the race, passing his former Moto2 rival Pol Espargaro for ninth with seven laps to go. Unfortunately, Scott’s slower RCV1000R couldn’t quite keep up with the factory bikes, especially as his soft rear tyre began to drop off towards the end of the race.
Here’s what he had to say:
It was a good race today, quite difficult with the conditions in the beginning. I was quite nervous so I’m glad to get a good result. It was a bit crazy in pit lane with everyone racing to get close to the front but I just took it easy. I knew it was really wet into turn 12 so I wanted to see the other guys go through first! It was very wet, quite scary but I tried to close the gap a bit through there! It was a bit risky but I had a good feeling.
The middle of the race was really good for us but as the tyre began to drop the factory guys had the upper hand with their electronics. We did the best we could do and it was down for machine. It was good to be battling with guys like Pol and Alvaro, I was trying to make the most of what I had and was pushing on the whole race to try and finish as high up as possible. When Alvaro came by I was trying to hold on but in this class if you make one mistake you lose a lot and I was pushing so hard with the bike I made a small mistake but lost a lot of time. It was good to be able to keep up with the factory bikes but when the tyre dropped I lost a bit more time. It wasn’t much but two tenths every lap makes quite a bit of difference. What we’ve got to do is just keep showing our potential and sometimes it’s more difficult than others. Sachsenring is not one of my favourite tracks so to do this today is really good.
Now we’ve got a bit of a break which I’m looking forward to, I’m heading back to the UK for a bit as my Dad’s getting married so I’ll be attending that and then I’ll go back to Spain before heading off to Miami a week before Indianapolis for a small holiday.
It’ll be nice to get back out at Indianapolis, it’s one of my favourite tracks but we’ll have to see how this bike goes there. It gets quite busy there on in as we’re straight over to Brno before Silverstone, my home Grand Prix which I’m really looking forward to. It’s great to ride in front of the home fans, unfortunately we’re not in a position to win the race but I’ll try my best to put on a good show and get something out of it.