An eventful Sunday for Octo Pramac Yakhnich, a potential win went during the Czech Grand Prix after a difficult week end.
Scott Redding challenges for the lead with Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso in the Ducati leading trio and remains glued to the Austrian Grand Prix winner until lap 15 when the front tyre betrays him. Petrux, forced to start from the 16th position, manages to be consistent, catching position after position until the double overtaking on the last lap which earned him a valuable seventh.
Scott starts well from the 13th position and laps very fast. On lap 2, setting the fastest time, he is already third. Two laps later another best-lap let him overtake Dovizioso. Halfway through the race he is still trying to catch Iannone, then an abnormal consumption of the front tyre, perhaps due to the soft compound that has held up in a less than ideal condition as the track started to dry up. This forced him to slow down to get to the finish line. For Scott, only one point at the finish sounds like a joke.
Petrux also got off to a good start. Between the first and second lap, he easily passes Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to place himself firmly between the seventh and ninth. Even when three laps to go Baz and Laverty were able to overcome him, exploiting the hard rubber, Danilo remained focused and on the last lap he managed to pass Vinales and Iannone (who experienced the same problem of Scott) for a precious seventh.
Scott Redding: Front tyre cost me a race win
I was very happy with my race. I made a good start and was going well. I felt a great feeling and I was in control. The set up of the bike was perfect. I felt that the front tire was starting not to be performing but it was a normal thing, and I would even settle for Top 6. I was also able to recover some tenths to the front group. But suddenly the uncommon degradation of the front tyre cost me the race win. It’s a shame.
Danilo Petrucci: Tyre choice was decisive
I can not say to be particularly satisfied even if P7 is a good result. It has been a strange race. We had a good pace in the warm-up and we have made many changes. The tyre choice was decisive. Maybe we could have a chance with the hard front but we have goals and I wanted to do the race on my target that is the Top 10. In the end I managed to reach the seventh and is not bad. I would like to thank the team and all the people who are close to me.