Quedgeley's rising star Scott Redding felt 'satisfied' with his his debut MotoGP weekend, where he crossed the line in seventh position under 3,600 floodlights at the Qatar circuit of Losail this weekend.
Getting the weekend off to a slow start, the 21 year old was suffering from a lack of front end speed on the circuits 0.6 mile back straight, as his Honda Production machine being 15mph slower than factory bikes. The Gloucester rider qualified in 16th position, on the front of the sixth row after he struggled with his slower machine. However the Go&Fun Gresini rider got a strong start was up into 12th by the third lap, making aggressive passes in order to help him move through the field. Fighting with former world champion Nicky Hayden, Redding was safely past the Kentucky rider by lap 14 of 22, and continued the rest of the race in a calm manner.
Redding explained "I am very satisfied, as I was expecting to be able to follow Nicky Hayden for only a few laps and, although he was the target, I wasn’t really expecting to beat him! In the first laps I wanted to take maximum advantage of the soft tyre and I was pretty aggressive with the passes. I got through on Nicky and thought I’d got away from him, but then he came back at me. But I knew I was faster than him, so I waited until two laps from the end before making a move, retaking the place and then holding him off to the finish. Tonight we achieved our goal; to be the first open class Honda home, so I’m pleased with that.”
Scott now has to wait three weeks for his second outing on his MotoGP bike when the paddock flys over to Austin, Texas.