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Scott Red­ding was de­lighted with a strong sixth place in Austin af­ter fail­ing to fin­ish the pre­vi­ous round with elec­tri­cal prob­lems.

But the ma­tur­ing Brit reck­ons he could have pushed harder and caught the two Suzukis of Mav­er­ick Viñales and Aleix Es­par­garo if his front tyre had not worn so badly.

The Pra­mac Du­cati rider also had to deal with a less com­mon is­sue. He lost a knee slider early in the race and had to ad­just his rid­ing style. He said: “The front tyre was just de­stroyed – I was los­ing a sec­ond a lap. I lost the front in turn four, the big­gest slide I’ve ever saved. It’s so fast there, and I held it on my knee – and held it so hard I de­stroyed my knee slider!

“Then, when I tried to put my knee down and take the weight off the front, I couldn’t – I was in dou­ble trou­ble! What could I do? I had to make two-point cor­ners with­out putting my right knee down!”

De­spite his strug­gles there were plenty of pos­i­tives to be taken from Sun­day’s race. “In the end, I changed my style. You live and learn and I learned some­thing new about the bike again to­day. If some­thing like that hap­pens in the fu­ture, I’ll know what to do in a lap, not in five or six.

“It was an im­prove­ment in po­si­tion, and over­all af­ter what hap­pened in Ar­gentina I’m happy with the week­end; I think we are now back to where we left off there be­fore the crash.”

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