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Scott Redding says he’s not happy with finishing 13th in the Qatar MotoGP round at the weekend, despite the rider himself predicting a top ten finish before raceday.

After a race where Redding was clearly struggling with his Honda, he said: “It was a tough race and certainly not where I expected to be finishing. The target was to finish inside the top 10, so I can’t be happy to be 13th.

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“We are making steps in the right direction but not enough to bring us closer to our target. Turning is the biggest issue and we need to focus on that because I should be finishing much higher up on the package I am riding. We’ve collected a lot of data and I finished in the points, but it is clear there is plenty of room to improve.”

Redding experimented with the front-end set-up on his Team Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Honda to try and get more feeling from the bike in the set-up into corners. For a part of the race Redding was able to sit behind current World Champion Marc Marquez, the factory Honda star, and his team said that this was a factor that highlighted the areas Redding and his team need to continue to work on ahead of the next round.

Tony Carter

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