Redding the top independent rider at the Austrian GP

Everyone expected the Ducatis to do well at the Red Bull Ring, and while the factory Ducati Team made it a double podium, Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati rider tripled the success by finishing eighth and taking the crown as the highest placed Independent Team rider.

Redding the top independent rider at the Austrian GP
Redding and his Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati Team celebrte their success in parc fermee - www.facebook.com (Pramac Racing)

Heading in to the tenth round of the MotoGP season at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, the first time the elite class has visited after 19 years, everyone knew that the Ducati would be strong here.

Not only was it a Ducati first and second, the first victory in a while never mind a double podium, Scott Redding finished as the highest placed Independent Team rider aboard his Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati.

Redding at the Red Bull Ring - Getty Images
Redding at the Red Bull Ring - Getty Images

Slow start for the Duxcati rider

Qualifying eighth on the grid and on race day the temperatures were perfect for a MotoGP race. Redding lost a few places in the opening stages of the race. His lap times soon dropped as he settled into his rhythm and his tyres got up to optimum temperature.

Ahead of him Hector Barbera (Avintia Ducati) was black-flagged after he failed to complete a drive through penalty as he was one of several riders who made a jump start. On track he was battling with Irishman Eugene Laverty (Pull & Bear Aspar Team) and in the later stages of the race he managed to get past him.

The speed out of the Ducati - Getty Images
The speed out of the Ducati - Getty Images

Redding battled with fellow Brit Bradley

But then fellow British rider Bradley Smith (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha), who it was good to see back to form at the Red Bull Ring, decided to apply the pressure to Scott reducing the gap between them significantly.

Triple success for Ducati

Redding crossed the line in eighth almost 30 seconds behind race winner Andrea Dovizioso. It was enough to become the top Independent rider. The British rider said, “I am very happy for the race”. He said that he had to “work hard with the mapping” on the Ducati to ensure he had enough petrol for the race.

Speaking about his “good battle” with Smith he identified that he was able to “take advantage on the straights” but he still noticed that Smith was “recovering every time”.

He notices that the track conditions “did not change much during the much” but still felt it was “enough to feel it”. He went out the Austrian round of the MotoGP with the target to “stay in the top eight” and said that he felt “great satisfaction” in “leading the team to parc fermee”.

Celebrations in the Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati pit garage - www.facebook.com (Pramac Racing)
Celebrations in the Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati pit garage - www.facebook.com (Pramac Racing)

Redding gained eight championship points from the tenth round of the MotoGP season which means he is tenth in the championship on 53 points; which is equal to Laverty. He is currently the third highest placed independent team rider behind Pol Espargaro (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha) and Barbera.