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.
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.
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”.
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.