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Ryder Notes: How About That Redding?
by julian ryder back in the uk, thanks
Friday, August 29, 2014

No signs of any hangover from that defeat in Brno, then.

Marc Marquez was fastest again and for most of this afternoon's session by over a second. Yes, a whole second. Strong winds bothered a few riders but Marquez reckoned a crop of new bumps were more of a problem. Talking about problems, he reluctantly insinuated that there were some questions about his rear tyre at Brno but obviously did not want to be seen to be making excuses. Marc also said that he and his team never found a good set up, that the circuit may not be his best, and that thirteen points towards the championship wasn't a bad day at the office.

You want a bad day? Try the factory Yamahas in eleventh and thirteenth places. Lorenzo complained of total lack of grip stopping the bike going into corners, lack of grip in the corner and lack of traction, ie grip, coming out. You get the idea. Rossi wasn't much happier, complaining of chatter going in to corners and not enough grip to carry the corner speed required. Meanwhile, Bradley Smith was by far the best Yamaha in fourth, using the softer tyre.

It's not just the Hondas of Marquez and Bradl the Yamahas have to worry about. Yet again Andrea Dovizioso was rapid and may be able to use his softer tyre for the race, a prospect that is also concerning the Yamaha men.

But if you're looking for the outstanding ride of the day, look to sixth place. Scott Redding on the customer Honda ahead of a bunch of factory and satellite bikes to be not just the best RCV1000R but also the best Open Class bike. Scott showed last year with his fighting Moto2 win that home-race pressure means nothing to him, in fact he seems to feed off it. If he can use the soft tyre for the race, Sunday may just be Scott's best day of the year so far.

ENDS

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