Tire choice was a key.
Scott Redding secured his sixth top ten of the season in today’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, which he finished in tenth place.
The 21-year-old Briton was the first Open Class Honda rider across the finish line, extending his lead in the championship standings over fellow RCV1000R rider, Hiroshi Aoyama, to eight points.
“I went with the harder rear tyre, because we knew that we had a little less pace than Aoyama this weekend, so knowing that the other Open Class Honda bikes were going to use the soft option, we just tried a different tactic, like we did in Phillip Island.
"We thought that with the hard tyre we could come strong in the latter part of the race, but actually it was the wrong idea. I think we should have gone with the soft tyre. That’s why I lost most of the time, and then it was a matter of just staying consistent and trying to finish the race.
"Anyway, for the Championship is good to be the top Open Class Honda again, even if during the weekend Aoyama was faster than us.”
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