MotoGP – pressure starting to mount on Redding

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Marc VDS rider Scott Redding endured another miserable MotoGP race after suffering an early exit in today’s 30-lap German MotoGP race.

Redding started round nine of the 2015 campaign at the Sachsenring optimistic that he could at least replicate an impressive eighth place finish in this morning’s Warm-up session.

But while making early progress towards the battle for the top 10, the 22-year-old lost the front-end of his Honda RC213V machine at the final corner on the opening lap.

Damage to the bike meant Redding was unfortunately unable to rejoin the action in front of a huge crowd of over 92,000 fans.

Redding’s struggle on the RC213V Factory bike has led to rumours in the paddock that the Brit could be replaced next season unless results start to improve, with fellow Brit Sam Lowes being touted by many insiders as the rider who could fill the void.

A clearly frustrated Redding said: “I am very disappointed. I had good pace for the race and I was recovering some places after an average start when I crashed at the final corner. As soon as I released the front brake the front unloaded. I tried my best to save it but there was nothing I could do. I am annoyed and frustrated because I am confident I could have fought for the top 10 or higher based on my times from earlier in the weekend. All I can do now is train hard in the summer break and look to bounce back in Indianapolis.”

Team boss Michael Bartholemy was equally disappointed with the result. He said: “It is disappointing when you know there is the potential to achieve a good result and the race is finished after just one lap. It is difficult to accept because I think we had the pace to finish in the top eight and that would have been a positive way to head into the summer break. But it was a bit like Texas earlier in the season when we clearly had the potential for a good result but didn’t manage it.”

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