Scott Redding rode to a creditable eighth place, limiting his losses in the battle for the championship, after struggling with set-up issues all weekend.
The chatter and rear traction issues that have hampered Scott all weekend caused the 20-year-old Briton further problems in today’s 20-lap Moto2 race. Initially the bike worked well following changes to the set-up made after warm up. Scott was running as high as fifth, and battling with Pol Espargaro, before the chatter returned as the tyres went off at half race distance.
Scott still looked set for a top six finish, until Johann Zarco hit him from behind, forcing them both off track. The off track excursion meant that both riders lost contact with the group ahead, with Scott eventually finishing eighth, after holding off a challenge from Simone Corsi late in the race.
With Espargaro finishing fourth at Brno today, Scott’s advantage at the top of the Moto2 Championship standings was reduced by five points to 21.
“After struggling with set-up even into warm up, we made some changes ahead of the race that improved things slightly,” said Scott. “It was enough to allow me to catch Espargaro, eventually passing him for fifth, but then the problems started. As the tyres went off and the fuel load reduced the chatter returned and it started to get difficult. I still think sixth was a possibility, but then Zarco slammed into my knee and forced us both off track, which meant we lost contact with the group ahead. I managed to hold on to eighth, which means I lost a little of my advantage over Espargaro in the championship, but I’m happy enough that I limited the loss to just five points. Now we go to Silverstone, my home race, to see what we can do there in front of the British fans.”
Source: Marc VDS Racing
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