Tyre drop off causes Redding fall

scott redding cota qualifying 2014 (2)Scott Redding crashed out of the Grand Prix of the Americas on the final lap after struggling throughout the race with a badly worn front tyre.

Speaking to Crash.net after the session the Englishman admitted that he had fought tyre wear problems throughout and that a crash was almost inevitable after saving numerous moments throughout the 20 lap distance:

“We struggled with the front tyre life and it dropped off a lot,” said Redding. “It started to drop off by three seconds a lap and that was the reason that I crashed. I had no support from the front and kept pushing the front and pushing the front. I was trying to save it with my elbow and my knee but after so long you can’t keep doing that. In the last two laps the front was destroyed and I had a small crash.”

scott redding cota starting grid 2014Having spent much of the weekend trying to understand the harder tyre, at the expense of using the softer tyre to simulate a qualifying run, it was surprising that Redding suffered the issue during the race. The change in track conditions today, cloudy and cooler than previous days, may have played a role in the tyre problems that affected numerous riders.

When asked how the tyre wear differed today to previous days Redding said:

“I felt good [about the tyre] and we had done a lot of laps on the front tyre with no problems. It was strange that in the race it was like this. It was just this moment and that was strange because we had done a lot of laps with it and it had felt good but in the race it didn’t.”

Having raced with some of the other Production Honda racers today Redding commented that Nicky Hayden seemed to have much more confidence in the front end and could push much harder in right hand corners:

“I spent some some time later behind Nicky and there wasn’t really a big difference. He seemed to have more support in the front in the right hand corners. Maybe there was a problem with the tyre because in the places I was struggling he was stronger. We need to see in Argentina if we can solve this problem.”

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