Redding returns to top 10 in Argentina
Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina – 19 April 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Scott Redding secured his first top 10 finish of 2015 in a demanding 25-lap Termas de Rio Hondo MotoGP encounter in Argentina.
The 22-year-old finished an eventful race in ninth position after he had chosen to run Bridgestone’s extra hard compound rear hoping to benefit from better grip in the crucial final laps.
The British rider never felt completely comfortable on board his Honda RC213V machine but he secured a season best finish after brilliantly keeping a hard charging Maverick Vinales at bay on the final lap.
Scott Redding: 9th
“All I can say it was a better weekend than Qatar but not as good as Texas. I was behind Hernandez in the early laps when his bike caught fire and I was getting covered in oil. That disturbed my rhythm a little bit but I was struggling for front and rear grip. I ran the extra hard rear tyre because Bridgestone said the hard was a big gamble and we knew the extra hard would be good for the race distance. Hindsight suggests the hard might have been better when you look at Crutchlow and Marquez, but the important thing is I finished in the top 10 and gained more valuable experience.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“A top 10 is a solid result and important after the non-finish in Texas. We have a lot of work still to do though because Scott didn’t have the same confidence on the bike that he had in Austin. Track conditions have been difficult all weekend with a lack of grip and excessive tyre wear and that made the task a tough one. Scott has another full race distance under his belt and we have a lot of data now to help us push back towards the top six again in Jerez.”