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Lack of straight line speed hampers Scott Redding in Italian MotoGP

By The Citizen  |  Posted: June 02, 2014

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Rising MotoGP star Scott Redding was hindered by a lack of straight line speed at the Italian circuit of Mugello.

The motorcyclist from Quedgeley finished 13th after qualifying his Go&Fun Gresini production Honda in 14th position.

Redding made a strong start and was comfortbly in the top 10 before his lack of speed down the kilometre-long straight hindered him.

Redding said: "The beginning of the race was really good.

"I had a good rhythm and I was running with Aleix (Espargaro), and I also overtook him during the race. That is a good step forward for us.

"But then I got stuck with (Yonny) Hernandez and (Michele) Pirro's Ducatis, losing so much time in the straight.

"I tried to pass them early in the lap in order to make a gap, but it was quite hard.

"After eight or nine laps I also broke the windscreen, so I had a really bad aerodynamics, and also a lot of turbulence on the head and that made my race more difficult.

"In the end I'm happy with my race - I'm just disappointed to be behind the two Ducatis and (Karel) Abraham because I know we could have finished in the top 10."

Redding collected three points from the race to take his tally for the season to 21.

The next race is the Gran Premi de Cataluna at Barcelona on Sunday, June 15.

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