REDDING’S BACK ON TRACK
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.”