Redding forced to battle in Mugello
MOTO2 star Scott Redding had a tough race at the Italian circuit of Mugello this weekend in the scorching summer sun.
The Quedgley rider had a consistent weekend, finishing free practise and qualifying in 8th position in the Tuscan Valleys. Redding, 19, struggled with his tyre at the start of the race, however he quickly moved through the pack and pulled away with the front runners.
The Marc VDS rider moved up to 5th position on the final two laps, but was pipped to the line by Marquez on the last lap.
He said: "The front tyre we used today takes a couple of laps before it starts working properly, so I wasn't pushing too hard from the start.
"Once the tyre came in I was able to make up places quite quickly, but I just didn't have the pace to close on the battle for the podium.
"Towards the end I managed to catch Marc Marquez, but it was difficult to pass him as I was losing so much on the straight.
"On the final lap I managed to squeeze through on him for fifth, but as soon as the track straightened out he just cruised past me without even needing to use the slipstream.
"I'm happy enough to score points here at Mugello, a track that has always been difficult for me, and now I'm looking forward to Indy, which is the complete opposite." Moto2 now has a five-week summer break and will return in USA at Indianapolis.