Scott Redding ran with the leading group in the early stages of today’s Portuguese Moto2 Grand Prix at Estoril, before deteriorating rear grip saw... Redding struggling with bike issues at Estoril and disappointed with race result

Scott Redding ran with the leading group in the early stages of today’s Portuguese Moto2 Grand Prix at Estoril, before deteriorating rear grip saw him drop down the field to eventually finish 11th.

He had problems from the start. Throttle response wasn’t the same as it had been during practice and qualifying, causing problems on corner exit. As a result the Marc VDS rider initially lost touch with the leading group and then used up his rear tyre trying to re-establish contact.

The 19-year-old Briton fought on, but was gradually relegated to 11th position as rear grip continued to drop off as the race progressed.

Both Marc VDS riders will test for two days at Navarra ahead of the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, which takes place in two weeks time.

Scott Redding #45: 11th Position
“The bike didn’t sound right on the grid and there was a flat spot from the start. It meant I couldn’t pick the bike up out of the turns like I wanted, and it took a few laps to get used to it. I could see the leading group pulling away, but I just didn’t have the rear grip on corner entry to stay with them. Every time I tried to push harder, the rear would come round on me and I’d lose ground. Then I had a big moment at turn six and realised that I wasn’t going to be able to close the gap. It all went a bit downhill from there. I’m disappointed, but I need to look ahead now to Le Mans, where I hope we can be back where we should be.”

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Scott had problems from the start, lost ground and then used up his tyre trying to regain the leading group. We need to look at the data to see what caused the flat spot in the power delivery, as it wasn’t apparent during this morning’s warm-up. To be honest I’m a little disappointed with the results today, as I feel we could have done a lot better.”

Source: Marc VDS Racing

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