Scott Redding continues to struggle with qualifying, narrowly missing out on a place in QP2 by the narrowest of margins, which means the Marc VDS rider will start the San Marino Grand Prix from the fifth row of the grid.
Redding, who will be leaving the team at the end of the season to join the Octo Pramac squad, jumped to the top of the timesheet with his first flying lap in QP1, but was pushed back to third as riders took advantage of their second tyre to put in faster laps. The 22-year-old Briton looked set to reclaim the top spot on his final flying lap, but lost time in the final sector when the front tyre closed on him in the ultra-fast Curvone. The loss was minimal, but it was enough to cost him a place in QP2.
Redding said: “On my last flying lap I lost the front through turn 11 and had to hold it up on my elbow while trying to regain traction on the gas, but it meant I ran wide. It was quite a fast corner to do that on, so I scrubbed quite a lot of speed and that was the main reason that I struggled at the end. We’ve been getting better and better with our race pace. We tried different tyres and everything this weekend and we haven’t had it easy, but we’ve tried a lot of things and in FP4 we made a good step. I think that tomorrow we can have a good race and hopefully get into the top ten and then work from there.”