REDDING BLOWS TOP AT MICHELIN
‘ The tyre had started to blister and delaminate, chunks had come out of it’
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.”