Redding collects points after intense Jerez battle
Jerez, Spain – 3 May 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Scott Redding claimed an important points scoring finish for the third time in four MotoGP races in 2015 after a hard fought ride to 13th place in Jerez.
The 22-year-old was locked in an intense five-rider battle for a top 10 finish in the 27-lap race, which took place in front of a partisan Spanish crowd of close to 123,000 fans.
Conditions for the 27-lap race were cooler than Friday and Saturday’s sweltering heat, but Redding was unable to capitalize on better than anticipated grip to claim a second top successive top 10 finish.
Redding and his Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS crew will remain in Jerez for a vital one-day test tomorrow, which gives the team the perfect opportunity to work on finding more rear grip to help the Briton be more competitive on the Honda RC213V machine.
Scott Redding: 13th
“That was another difficult race and I didn’t have the pace again. The bike was handling better on the front but I kept losing out on the exit. We need to try and work something out because I need to be finishing higher up. Maybe it is my riding style or a bit in the bike, but my main struggle is on corner exit. We’ve now got a one-day test and we need to try and find some more rear grip and something to help me get the bike turning so we can we be more competitive in Le Mans.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“We are very disappointed with the outcome of this weekend because we obviously had higher hopes than finishing 13th. We are still learning the package we have, but we have to be much more competitive than we showed in today’s race. Scott clearly doesn’t have the confidence he needs and we must all work together to try and find a solution. Tomorrow’s test comes at a perfect time, so we can work on some of the issues without the pressure of a race weekend. But it is clear that we can’t continue to be finishing where we are given the high level of our machinery.”