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MotoGP Sepang: Redding undecided on tyre strategy

Britain’s Scott Redding is still undecided on which tyre to use in tomorrow’s Sepang MotoGP clash as the medium will allow him to be fast to the end but the soft promotes an early escape from the Open class pack.

The Gresini Honda rider posted some good laptimes in final free practice which he ended tenth but couldn’t manage to get it done in qualifying. He will start the race on row six and try to get away with the factory men.

“I had a good FP4, putting in some good lap times, but qualifying didn’t go so well. It was impossible for me to get a slipstream, but that didn’t stop people following me for a two. The slipstream was important; Aoyama made up 0.8s only because of the tow, but it just wasn’t there for me today,” said Redding.


“I didn’t want to lead with other riders behind me, so it was difficult to strong laps together, and I only really managed one reasonable lap. Again, I’m a little disappointed with the qualifying result, but the FP4 was really good and now we just need to decide which tyre we will use tomorrow.

“We make better lap times with the soft one, but this track is so greasy and conditions are always changing when the temperature drops or rises. The hard tyre could be a good option for more laps, but the softer one could also be good to get away early and then try to make consistent lap times. Anyway, at the moment it’s difficult to make a choice, we will see tomorrow.”

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