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Scott Red­ding says he re­mains on a steep learn­ing curve af­ter fail­ing to meet his pre-race tar­gets in Qatar by fin­ish­ing back in tenth. Un­able to get the most out of the elec­tron­ics pack­age on the Pra­mac Du­cati, the Brit is pos­i­tive about what the fu­ture holds for him.

Mak­ing the de­ci­sion to dial back the bike’s power in or­der to con­serve fuel in the early parts of the race, he ad­mit­ted af­ter­wards to MCN that the de­ci­sion was a mis­take.

“Af­ter quite a dif­fi­cult week­end, top ten isn’t that bad. But I kind of ex­pected more, and I feel like I had the pace to go with Pol Es­par­garo and Bradley Smith, but with the power re­duc­tion, we were strug­gling to hold them. I was work­ing hard and nearly crashed on the fourth lap.

“Nor­mally we have a bit of pace on the straights com­pared to the Yama­has, while they have some more agility and they’re bet­ter at turn­ing. Nor­mally I can re­cover that in the straights, it’s the give and take of our bike. But with the map­ping, I couldn’t re­cover it.”

How­ever, com­ing af­ter a tor­rid two sea­sons on the MARCVDS Honda, a bike that Red­ding now ad­mits never suited his style, his pace through­out win­ter test­ing and his round one per­for­mance means the Glouster­shire rider has rea­son to cel­e­brate.

“On last year’s bike, I wouldn’t have been where I was to­day! The gap to the lead­ers this year was good and if I had done that last year we’d be out par­ty­ing tonight be­cause we couldn’t even get close. We made the best of a bad race, but we could have been closer and I could have got in be­tween Pol and Bradley.”

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