Redding picks up valuable points at iconic Brickyard
Indianapolis, United States – 9 August 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Scott Redding salvaged a 13th place from a demanding 27-lap MotoGP race at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway in America this afternoon.
In hot and humid conditions at the world famous Brickyard venue, Redding made a brilliant launch off the line and an aggressive first lap moved him up from 13th on the grid into ninth.
The 21-year-old engaged in an exciting early battle with compatriot Cal Crutchlow and looked well set to challenge for just a second top 10 finish of 2015.
But once his Honda RC213V lost optimum grip on new tyres, Redding was unable to maintain his fast early speed, as he lost the front and rear numerous times while trying to hold station inside the top 10.
He also battled a lack of agility through the fast changes of direction at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and finished 13th before the World Championship heads back to Europe for next weekend’s 11th round at the Brno track in the Czech Republic.
Scott Redding: 13th
“At the start I took a lot of risks to get into the top 10 and it paid off. But when the pace went up I just couldn’t go with the group in front. Each time I tried to push I kept having a big moment and nearly crashing. I was closing the front or losing the rear. I am quite disappointed because it turned out to be another tough race and I don’t know where to go with the setting. The set-up was quite similar to Sachsenring where I felt strong. But here the bike felt heavy and it was physically demanding for 27-laps in that heat.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“The most positive aspect of the race was we were able to see Scott fighting hard inside the top 10 for the first few laps. But slipping out of the top 10 after a good start is not what we wanted. It looks like it is still difficult for him to adapt to the bike and his pace dropped off quite a lot in the second half of the race. All we can hope to do is improve next week in Brno, but honestly we have been saying that for a few races now.”