If Dani Poderosa thought he did badly, he should thank his stars he doesn’t share unfortunate Scott Redding’s predicament at Jerez. At the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, Redding met with unmitigated disaster thanks to an inability to find any sort of rear grip whatsoever. All the Ducati drivers wrestled with this issue at Jerez and Redding just happened to come out the worst of them all. At the start of 27 laps, he struggled tremendously with a spinning rear wheel and went from beginning at 17th place to ending at 19th place, the last place and a full minute behind the winner. It was easily the worst race of his entire MotoGP™ World Championship career.
“Nothing worked throughout the weekend,” he lamented, “And I must admit that it is not possible to ride in these conditions. During the last few laps I also had to slow down a bit to get to the finish line without running into the risk of falling. Even in the straight the spinning was impressive. You can always learn something from the bad days but it’s really hard to figure out what we should have done to improve the weekend. We spent three days trying to find grip and we never succeeded. I do not think it was only our fault.”
For the record, we don’t think he and his team were entirely to blame for the fiasco either. It may be expected and even comforting to assume responsibility for everything that went wrong, just so that there is something or someone to pinpoint as a plausible cause for all the distress. But sometimes, you truly do suffer from the worst of luck and there’s little you can do aside from hope for the best next time. And that’s exactly what the Octo Pramac Yaknich team will be doing ahead of the next circuits.