QUEDGELEY'S Scott Redding declared himself satisfied with 13th place and championship points in today’s Spanish Grand Prix, after what was a difficult weekend for the MotoGP rookie in Jerez.
Nicky Hayden remains Scott’s benchmark in the races, but the 21-year-old Briton lost contact with the former MotoGP World Champion after struggling to pass his fellow countryman, Cal Crutchlow.
A drop off in tyre performance towards the end of the race, which saw the rear tyre spinning up out of the turns, meant Scott was unable to get back on terms with Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama and was forced to settle for 13th at the chequered flag.
Redding said: “The race was the best part of the weekend for me, because I was finally inside the top 15 after two complicated days of practice and qualifying.
"I had to make quite an aggressive move on Crutchlow early in the race. He looked like he was having a problem but the fact that he was holding the line meant it was difficult to pass him. Unfortunately, the delay meant I lost contact with Hayden and when I tried to push to catch him I almost closed the front.
"Anyway, my rhythm was not so bad until the tyre started to drop off and the rear started spinning up a lot. All in all I’m pretty satisfied with today’s race, but it’s obvious we still have a lot of work to do.”