Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 28 Apr 2014
Scott Redding has told Bike Social that he felt he could have crossed the line top production Honda again in Argentina had it not been for the front-end grip issues which plagued him throughout the race.
The Brit got off to a strong start in Sunday’s race, leading the production Honda pack ahead of Nicky Hayden but as battle commenced amongst Redding and the other production Hondas of Nicky Hayden, Hiroshi Aoyama and Karel Abraham, the twenty-one year old lost out severely struggling to stay on his bike.
Speaking to Bike Social last night, he said: “We struggled with front grip for some reason today; I don’t know if it was the bike set-up or track conditions.”
He added: “I was skidding the front in the braking area and didn’t have the confidence so I couldn’t get a rhythm and then the guys started battling but I couldn’t overtake as I had no feeling in the braking area. It was a difficult race for us but it was a race where we’ve learned once again.
“I really wanted to battle with the other guys but I was just trying to hold on. I just wasn’t in enough of a rhythm to settle in. It’s a bit annoying to finish where I did, I could have potentially been in Aoyama’s position if things were right but looking on to Jerez we will just have to take some steps forward.”
It’s been a rollercoaster start to the season for Redding. In Qatar he took a stunning seventh place ahead of Nicky Hayden and fell from his RCV1000R two weeks ago in America while battling with the American. Nevertheless, as a rookie he is starting to impress.
“I think we’re doing a good job, I am still a rookie in this class and the guys I am racing against have a lot more experience. At Qatar I was strong and it’s kind of moved my targets a little but overall it’s not a bad job but I do want to achieve more. If I get some better results in Honda might hook me up with a prototype!”
The weekend saw MotoGP visit Argentina for the first time since 1999 with the introduction of the brand new Termas di Rio Hondo circuit. Times tumbled almost ten seconds throughout the weekend as the circuit cleaned up and riders became used to the layout.
“The circuit was good, it was really dirty the first two days but then when the track cleared up it was such a fun track to ride and I think many riders enjoyed it.”
The MotoGP circus now moves on to Jerez, where the fourth round of the season will take place this weekend. Redding finished second at the Spanish circuit last year in Moto2 and is looking forward to getting back to Europe. Despite rumours, it doesn’t sound like the underpowered RCV1000R will be getting any upgrades though…
“I’m looking forward to moving on to Jerez, I need to get back into Europe and get into a rhythm and hopefully get on top of the production Honda pack. We’re not expecting any upgrades; it’s the same stuff we’ll just need to see if Honda brings any small upgrades but I think not for the moment.
“The plan is to be the top production Honda, that’s been the aim every weekend since Qatar. We’ve got to get our heads down again and try and push our way forward and we’ll see how we get on. The plan is to be ahead of those guys and we’ll do what we can to achieve it.”
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