‘ The tyre had started to blis­ter and de­lam­i­nate, chunks had come out of it’

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Scott Red­ding has again hit out at tyre man­u­fac­turer Miche­lin, claim­ing that the tyre they provided him with for Sun­dayõs race felt at risk of a sim­i­lar de­lam­i­na­tion to that of his spec­tac­u­lar in­ci­dent at Ar­gentina two rounds ago.

Strug­gling all week­end with spin­ning from the rear of the Pra­mac Du­cati, Red­ding gam­bled (against the ad­vice of his Miche­lin tech­ni­cians) on a softer op­tion for the race. But af­ter he was left dead last in the race, the Glouces­ter­shire racer quickly hit out at the French com­pany for his is­sues.

Òthe tyre fell apart, and it cost me a race. I felt some­thing was­nõt right, and I did­nõt want to keep push­ing and have the same thing as Ar­gentina hap­pen to me again. When it hap­pens once and you have the feel­ing it could hap­pen again, you donõt want to risk it.

ÒWE checked the tyre af­ter the race and it started to de­lam­i­nate and blis­ter, chunks had come out of it. We need to fix some­thing, or they do. It did­nõt work from the be­gin­ning and just got worse.ó

How­ever, Miche­lin were quick to re­fute Red­dingõs claims, say­ing that while the tyre was worn, some­thing to be ex­pected given the choice of soft com­pound and high tem­per­a­tures, there were no is­sues with it Ð in­clud­ing none of those Red­ding de­scribed.

It comes af­ter a tense week­end be­tween Red­ding and Miche­lin, with the French firm putting the cause of the Ar­gentina in­ci­dent partly to Red­dingõs weight, a com­ment he feels could im­pact his fu­ture job prospects.

Òtheyõre blam­ing me, and why would a man­u­fac­turer take the risk with a rider that canõt use the tyres? Itõs not that we canõt use them, theyõre just not work­ing for us at the minute.ó

It was an­other tough week­end in Jerez for Bradley Smith as he once again strug­gled to find a com­fort­able base set­ting on the Mon­ster Tech 3 Yamaha ma­chine to work with the new Miche­lin tyres. Work­ing on wholly new set­tings af­ter ad­mit­ting he had aban­doned two years of devel­op­ment on Bridge­stones in an ef­fort to get his bike work­ing on the new tyres, the Brit re­mained up­beat de­spite cur­rently be­ing out­gunned by his Tech3 team-mate Pol Es­par­garo.

“The nice thing about the week­end is that at least we’re start­ing to feel bet­ter with the front. It’s in a bet­ter place now, some­where that makes me feel more con­fi­dent with it. Now we need to con­tinue to work on the rear, and try and find some sort of bal­ance from it too.”

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