Britain’s Scott Redding managed another top-ten MotoGP finish at Sepang despite making an error by using the medium-option tyre instead of the soft as chosen by the rest of the Production Hondas in Malaysia.
Redding gambled a little on using the hardest of the tyres available, thinking he would be able to come on strong towards the end of the race but ended up simply hanging on as those around him, like Nicky Hayden, crashed out.
“I went with the harder rear tyre, because we knew that we had a little less pace than Aoyama this weekend, so knowing that the other Open Class Honda bikes were going to use the soft option, we just tried a different tactic, like we did in Phillip Island,” said Redding.
“We thought that with the hard tyre we could come strong in the latter part of the race, but actually it was the wrong idea. I think we should have gone with the soft tyre. That’s why I lost most of the time, and then it was a matter of just staying consistent and trying to finish the race. Anyway, for the Championship is good to be the top Open Class Honda again, even if during the weekend Aoyama was faster than us.”