Fourth row start for Redding in South America
Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina – 18 April 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Scott Redding came close to a second top 10 starting position of 2015 at the end of MotoGP qualifying in Argentina today.
Track conditions at the technical and fast Termas de Rio Hondo circuit may have improved considerably compared to yesterday’s slippery surface. But much hotter conditions still made it a challenging task for Redding to find optimum grip on his Honda RC213V machine.
The 22-year-old set a best lap of 1.39.380 to finish 11th on the grid, with Redding unable to find confidence under acceleration to push for a faster lap time.
The Termas de Rio Hondo is notoriously severe on tyres, with several high-speed sections and an abrasive surface making it one of the most demanding tracks on the calendar for riders and Bridgestone.
As a result, Redding plans to race the new extra hard rear compound tyre to capitalize on the better durability it offers for tomorrow’s 25-lap race.
Scott Redding: 11th – 1'39.380
“I am pretty frustrated with how it went today. The track was cleaner than yesterday but the much higher track temperatures meant it was still hard to find grip. My biggest issue is rear edge grip and it is the same on the hard and extra hard rear tyre. I can’t recover the spin when the rear starts sliding, so we’ll have a look at the data tonight and figure out a plan to improve for the race. I am going to race the extra hard tyre because it will have better endurance for what looks like being a long and hot race.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“After Scott qualified in sixth place last weekend in Austin we were hoping for a similar result today. But it is clear that he has some rear grip issues and we need to study the data in detail later to try and find a solution for the race. I am sure he can fight for the top 10 tomorrow and it will be a good way to bounce back from the disappointment of Texas.”