SCOTT RED­DING Started 20th

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Red­ding made a good start to the race un­til rear tyre is­sues meant that his goal of a top 10 fin­ish slipped away. “I got a good start, got into a rhythm and made some progress – and then the rear grip just started to go. Nor­mally at the end of the race I get stronger and can push, but I used too much early on and by the end of the race the front was rolling through the fast corners be­cause there was noth­ing at the rear.”

SAM LOWES Started 19th

Lowes had an­other solid week­end, fin­ish­ing closer to the lead­ers than Ste­fan Bradl and Al­varo Bautista were able to last year on the Aprilia. “I ex­pected to be able to do a bet­ter race, be­cause in the first six laps I felt very much at ease but at a cer­tain point I be­gan to lose the good feel­ing with the front. I’m happy to have fin­ished the race and to have achieved a time that was ac­tu­ally only a sec­ond off Viñales.” BRADLEY SMITH Started 23rd Suf­fer­ing all week­end due to the na­ture of the track and the team’s lack of test­ing, Red Bull KTM rider Bradley Smith was fur­ther ham­pered by a tech­ni­cal fail­ure dur­ing the race. “We had a prob­lem with the rear brake af­ter only five laps – ba­si­cally, it stopped work­ing. It made my life dif­fi­cult, be­cause the KTM re­lies on it. It’s been a dif­fi­cult week­end, but we had some pos­i­tives and some neg­a­tives.”

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