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Brilliant First Open Class Win For Redding In Indy Early Crash For Bautista
Posted by: newsla on Aug 11, 2014 - 06:20 AM
Brilliant First Open Class Win For Redding In Indy Early Crash For Bautista

Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider Scott Redding rode to an impressive ninth place finish in today’s Indianapolis Grand Prix, in the United States, and he crossed the finish line as the highest placed Open Class rider for the first time this year. His teammate, Alvaro Bautista, was unfortunately forced to retire when he was hit by Yonny Hernandez on Turn 4 during the very first lap of the race.


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Redding was easily able to streak away from Aoyama and was involved in a fierce battle for almost all the race with compatriot Cal Crutchlow, who finished the race just in front of him. Thanks to this result - the ninth points scoring finish out of 10 races – the English rookie is now 12th in the standings with 40 points.

“There's not much to say, it’s been a very difficult weekend for us, with many rear grip issues, and today I knew that it would be more risky than usual starting from the back of the grid. When I was entering Turn 4, I was keeping my line when suddenly Hernandez hit me from the outside and I couldn’t save the crash. Obviously it’s been a bad weekend, but we have to stay positive because it could have been worse: in fact, luckily I'm fine despite the big crash I had Saturday morning. Now we need to forget soon this race and try to head to Brno full of motivation”.

“I’ve been strong all weekend and I’m happy to be in the parc fermé for the first time: obviously Aleix Espargaro was forced to retire, so it’s not the best way to do it, but for me the important thing was to be the leading Production Racer Honda and we made it again. At the beginning of the race Aoyama was able to stay just one second behind, because I was fighting with Crutchlow so it was not easy to make a gap, but suddenly I was able to streak away from Hiroshi and then it was nice to fight with Cal, even if he could pass me bak everytime on the straight. I think we made a good job and I would like to thank all the guys of the team for that. It’s a great way to come back from the summer break: we came back stronger and also more comfortable with the bike and now we look forward to the next races”.

“It’s a big satisfaction for us to get into the parc fermé as the highest placed Open Class bike on the finish line, and we are also pleased to give this particular result to Honda. Redding has been fast over the all weekend, during which he's always been able to make a difference compared to the other riders aboard the other RCV1000R machines. This means that Scott has actually grown and now can count on a better knowledge of the bike: this is very important for the future. On the other hand, Bautista’s weekend couldn’t have been worse... Alvaro crashed yesterday and today his race ended after just a few corners. We try to forget and look forward, luckily the next race in Brno is scheduled in only a week”.

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