QUEDGELEY'S Scott Redding secured his tenth points scoring finish in eleven races today in the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic, beating the factory Ducati of Michele Pirro to the line to claim 11th place at the chequered flag.
The 21-year-old Briton faced a difficult race, after encountering issues in yesterday’s qualifying session and then crashing out of this morning’s 20-minute warm up. Despite the problems Redding rode a strong race today, with his confidence increasing with every lap.
The Gresini Honda rider spent most of the 22-lap race trying to find a way past Pirro, who was able to use the additional power of the factory Ducati to counter any attack, but Redding eventually forced his way past the Italian to finish once again as the top open class Honda rider.
Redding is 12th in the World Championship standings, just 11 points behind his Gresini Honda teammate, Alvaro Bautista, who is 11th.
He said: “Overall I’m happy with the race, even though it was difficult: I had a small crash also this morning in the warm up and I didn’t have confidence with the cold temperatures, but in the race my feeling started to come back, even if it took some laps.
"I was just stuck behind Pirro for almost all the race: I had a few tenths in the pocket but I couldn’t use it, and this allowed Aoyama to almost catch us. So in the final stages I decided to make a move on Pirro, because I knew that I could stay in front of him.
"As I said, I’m happy with the result, but it would have been nice to stay closer to the other riders in front of me.”