Motorsport: Disappointing Grand Prix for Scott Redding
Moto2 championship leader Scott Redding had a difficult weekend at the Brno circuit for the Czech Grand Prix.
The Quedgeley rider suffered with set-up all weekend and finished in a disappointing eighth position.
Redding was off the pace from the very first session of the weekend, and the 20 year old qualified in a lowly 13th position, on the front of the fifth row.
Getting a strong start on his Marc VDS machine Redding looked set for a top six finish after he was up and fighting for fifth position with championship rival Pol Espargaro.
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However Redding was soon struck by grip problems halfway through the race and with that combined with a short off track excursion he dropped off back to a lonely eighth position.
Despite his low finish, damage to his championship position was minimal as Esparagro finished in fourth position meaning Redding only lost five points to the Spaniard.
Redding said: “We made some changes ahead of the race that improved things slightly and 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 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’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.”