Scott qualifies on eighth row in complicated Phillip Island conditions

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The cold asphalt at Phillip Island continues to complicate work for teams and riders. Temperatures on the Australian circuit were once again demanding today, combined with a strong wind the contributes to cooling the Michelin tyres.

Both Scott Redding and teammate Aleix Espargaró made steps forward compared to yesterday, working intensely on the setups for their RS-GP machines. The significant changes increased the feeling for the two Aprilia riders, despite the results of the qualifiers where Scott finished twentieth.

“Both Aleix and I are struggling on this track. Even using the softest compound tyre, I was unable to find the right confidence. It almost seems like I’m using the hardest tyres. For FP4 we made some big changes and I was able to recover a bit of feeling, but in qualifying the gap was reconfirmed because apparently the other riders are able to take advantage of better grip.”