Redding: “I had to make an aggressive move on Crutchlow”

Posted: 06 May 2014

Scott Redding, Jerez, Spain

MotoGP ‘rookie’ Scott Redding came away from the fourth round of the 2014 MotoGP season at Jerez with a 13th place finish – a result he admits he’s pretty satisfied with after an overall difficult weekend. After qualifying on the sixth row of the grid, the Bike Social-backed Brit got held up during the early part of the race by Cal Crutchlow, who was struggling with his Ducati (post-race reports suggest he suffered a front brake failure), and was forced to make his most aggressive move yet…

Redding explained: “The race was the best part of the weekend for me, because I was finally inside the top 15 after two complicated days of practice and qualifying. During the race I had to make quite an aggressive move on [Cal] Crutchlow – he looked like he was having a problem but the fact that he was holding the line meant it was difficult to pass him.

“This delay meant I lost contact with [Nicky] Hayden and when I tried to push to catch him I almost closed the front. Anyway, my rhythm was not so bad until the tyre started to drop off and the rear started spinning up a lot. All in all I’m pleased with my race result, but it’s obvious we still have a lot of work to do.”

Scott Redding, Jerez test, Spain

No sooner had Sunday’s race concluded and the MotoGP boys were back out on track at Jerez for the first official post-race test of the season. Encouraged by his progress, Redding continued: “We struggled again with rear grip through the day, but we worked hard to find a solution and in the end we found something that was better, let me say, in 60% of the track.

“In some corners there wasn’t any difference, but in some others [grip] was better. Overall, this test was really useful for us: we learned a lot, and we also tested some braking parts to be used later on in the season. To be honest, I found it quite hard to get up again and to be strong again, ready to ride, straight after a race, but overall I’m quite happy to have tested."

Test times – Jerez, 5 May 2014

1 Marc Marquez  
Repsol Honda Team 1:38.737s
2 Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +0.262s
3 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +0.326s
4 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team +0.640s
5 Alvaro Bautista Go&Fun Honda Gresini +0.898s
6 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda MotoGP +0.976s
7 Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +1.043s
8 Aleix Espargaro 
NGM Forward Racing +1.060s
9 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +1.103s
10 Hiroshi Aoyama Drive M7 Aspar +1.144s
12   Scott Redding    Go&Fun Honda Gresini  
+1.539s

 

The fifth round of the MotoGP Championship takes place at Le Mans on 18 May. 

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