Scott Redding

MotoGP – Redding makes a flying start at a wet Phillip Island

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A rejuvenated Scott Redding is clearly enjoying on board the Ducati Desmosedici after posting the fourth fastest time on his first day of testing at the Phillip Island circuit.

In a day marked by bad weather with rain that has continuously alternating the sun without giving reference points to the team, Redding spent the morning session familiarising himself with the Michelin wet tyres before switching to racing clikcs as the track dried out.

He ended the day in an impressive fourth place after posting a time of 1:32.864.

The Brit said: “I did 41 laps but were not all that useful. We have done a good workout in the rain and we did a few laps in the dry. All thing considered we did two things we wanted to do although I would have liked to have more continuity instead of entering and leaving the pits because of the rain.

“The lap time was OK since we are still working on the bike and the conditions found today were not exactly the best. Rain tyres? I had a good feeling. The only problem for me was with aquaplaning because I somehow lost grip with the rear. But I must say that the feelings on the behavior of the new tyres is good.”

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MotoGP – MotoGP – Redding making good progress on Ducati

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Scott Redding is continuing to adjust to life on board the Desmosedici, finishing the second day of testing in Sepang in an impressive seventh place.

The Briton, who is making tangible progress on the bike since leaving the Marc VDS squad, completed 42 laps and finished the session posting a time of 2:01,049 on the soft spec Michelin tyre – the ninth best time of the day and the seventh in the combined standings.

Redding said: “The goal was to improve the feeling with the bike. We haven’t spent any real work yet to find the time but obviously we’re trying. With the hard tyres we worked hard to look for the best position on the bike in order to increase traction. We found more stability but not enough traction. In this moment of the season it’s normal to try different set up and we’ll try again tomorrow. In the afternoon I did not go bad lapping consecutively in 2:01.8 and 2:01.9 but I hope tomorrow we can lower that by half of a second – that would make me competitive also on the race pace.”

MotoGP – Redding revels in Misano mayhem to snatch podium finish from jaws of defeat

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Marc VDS rider Scott Redding celebrated a stunning first MotoGP podium after a dramatic and incident-packed clash in front of a record crowd packed into the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli today.

An early crash and two pits stops in a rain-hit 28-lap encounter failed to prevent the 22-year-old from mastering constantly changing track conditions to finish in a sensational third.

With the field starting the race on slick tyres, Redding crashed at turn four on lap six when rain started to fall heavily while he was on a brilliant charge up from 13th to the battle raging for fourth.

Redding pitted to switch to his wet weather Honda RC213V machine and was seemingly well out of contention.

As the rain quickly stopped, the 2.626 miles surface dried rapidly and Redding timed his switch back to slicks perfectly and he was fourth on track with just seven laps to go.

Redding then launched a terrific charge towards his first premier class podium, which ended in success when he passed Loris Baz for third on lap 25. Redding’s superior pace saw him comfortably streak away from the Frenchman and his first MotoGP podium was secured by almost eight seconds, much to the delight of on-looking team owner Marc van der Straten.

With Bradley Smith joining Redding on the podium it was the first time since Barry Sheene and Tom Herron stood on the podium together in Venezuela in 1979 that two British riders have achieved such a result.

An ecstatic Redding said: “Where do you start after a race like that? When it started to rain I knew I had nothing to lose and pushed hard on the slicks. But I pushed too much and couldn’t stop the bike before I entered the gravel and crashed. I thought that was race over but got back on as quickly as I could and I could see that a couple of guys still hadn’t passed me, so knew I was still in a good position.

“I changed to the rain tyres and had a really bad feeling. I couldn’t get them to working temperature and when I did the track had already started to dry. I switched back to slicks thinking I’d got no chance and then suddenly I saw P4. I thought it was a mistake but then saw seven seconds to Baz and got my head down to catch him in case it rained again. Then I’m in third and I certainly didn’t expect that when I woke up this morning. It’s a great feeling for me and especially the team because they have deserved this for sticking by me all season.”

Team boss Michael Bartholemy lavished praise on his rider. He said: “For a private team to get on a MotoGP podium is like a dream and today we accomplished that. It is a very special feeling to do it in our first year. I have always believed in Scott and we worked hard to make this team happen. It has not been easy and we have taken a lot of criticism but today he showed what he can do and without the crash he could have won. Now that would have been unbelievable.

“Now we think it is a shame because we know he is leaving us at the end of the season but nobody can take this away from him or the team. Scott is used to breaking records and today he’s done it again, with Bradley and him being the first two British riders on a MotoGP podium together since 1979. This is a day we will remember for a long time.”

MotoGP – Redding shows good race pace but continues to struggle in qualifying at Misano

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Scott Redding continues to struggle with qualifying, narrowly missing out on a place in QP2 by the narrowest of margins, which means the Marc VDS rider will start the San Marino Grand Prix from the fifth row of the grid.

Redding, who will be leaving the team at the end of the season to join the Octo Pramac squad, jumped to the top of the timesheet with his first flying lap in QP1, but was pushed back to third as riders took advantage of their second tyre to put in faster laps. The 22-year-old Briton looked set to reclaim the top spot on his final flying lap, but lost time in the final sector when the front tyre closed on him in the ultra-fast Curvone. The loss was minimal, but it was enough to cost him a place in QP2.

Redding said: “On my last flying lap I lost the front through turn 11 and had to hold it up on my elbow while trying to regain traction on the gas, but it meant I ran wide. It was quite a fast corner to do that on, so I scrubbed quite a lot of speed and that was the main reason that I struggled at the end. We’ve been getting better and better with our race pace. We tried different tyres and everything this weekend and we haven’t had it easy, but we’ve tried a lot of things and in FP4 we made a good step. I think that tomorrow we can have a good race and hopefully get into the top ten and then work from there.”

MotoGP – Redding turns back on Factory Honda. Inspired or madness?

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As has been widely rumoured, Scott Redding has announced he will be leaving the Marc VDS outfit and switching to the  Octo Pramac Ducati squad for MotoGP 2016.

Redding enjoyed a strong season in 2014 on board the customer Gresini Honda and switched to a factory RC213V with Marc VDS this season, but the 22-year-old Briton has struggled to gel with the bike, suffering with a lack of rear grip and unable to tame the bike’s aggressive power delivery.

This weekend Redding enjoyed his best finish of the season, crossing the line in sixth place, and Redding admitted the announcement had relieved some of the pressure he had been feeling.

A statement by Ducati’s sporting director Paolo Ciabatti said: “We are happy to welcome Scott in the Ducati family. “He’s going to be racing for Ducati Pramac Team next year with the latest GP15 bikes. So we’re glad and we hope to put in the conditions to show his real potential. We’ve been following Scott from his Moto2 career and in his debut season with Gresini in MotoGP. We approached him last year, but then his team decided to move to MotoGP and it was not possible. We discussed with him again around the Brno weekend and we decided that this time was the right time.”

Redding has previous with Ducati after completing a successful private Ducati test in 2012, alongside Moto2 rival Andrea Iannone, who now rides for the Factory team. The Englishman posted quicker times than the Italian and is confident he can replicate that pace and get his career back on track, believing the Ducati is better suited to his riding style.

He will riding GP15 machinery, the same bikes currently used by Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso, but like the rest of the field be will be running Michelin tyres and a standard ECU.

However, many in the paddock are questioning the logic behind the move. Yes, the Honda RC213V is proving to be difficult to tame this year, with even the mercurial Marc Marquez unable to handle its power delivery, but that is down to Honda placing too much importance on Marquez’s feedback when they were developing the bike. They have riders of the calibre of Pedrosa, Crutchlow, Laverty and Miller to fall back on, and the bike will be a far better prospect in 2016.

Honda also has one of the biggest budgets in MotoGP and the full might of HRC will be unleashed in wrestling its MotoGP crown back from Yamaha – which is where the title is heading this year. This, when combined with he fact that the series switches to Michelin rubber next year,  means the momentum should swing back in the big H’s favour. When Honda got their arses handed to them by KTM in Moto3, Honda went back to basics and assembled a bike to crush the opposition…and Danny Kent is proof that that strategy is working. What Honda wants, Honda gets.

And look at the Ducati; after a bright and blistering opening to the season the Factory bikes have gone backwards, with Andrea Dovizioso particularly suffering. Yes, the GP15 is a massive leap forward, but a lot of the Ducati’s performance is down to the tyre concessions. And with the field running on standard rubber next year, it will be interesting to see how the Italian bikes fare.

Not many turn their backs on a Honda Factory bike and go on to bigger and better things. Time will tell whether Redding’s made the right decision during this pivotal period in his career…

MotoGP – ‘scared’ Petrucci puts on a riding masterclass at a wet Silverstone

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Danilo Petrucci claimed a sensational debut MotoGP podium after carving his way through the field from 18th to finish second in Sunday’s wet British Grand Prix.

The Pramac Ducati rider feared he was going to crash at every corner in the treacherous conditions but sliced his way through the field and by the end of the first lap he had battled his way up to ninth place.

After passing Lorenzo and Pedrosa, Petrucci found himself behind are leader Valentino Rossi and admitted he felt uncomfortable with his lofty position.

He said: “It was incredible and one moment I was behind Pedrosa and Lorenzo. I’ve never seen that situation. Only on the Playstation! So now what do I do? It’s so difficult to pass them – especially because it’s Lorenzo and Pedrosa.

“I was scared for Jorge after the race if I crash with him! I was scared about the reaction of Jorge, not the crashing. So I tried to keep some distance to him. But at the end everything went in a good situation.”

Petrucci reduced the gap to Rossi to just 1.5sec and looked to be narrowing the gap with three laps left, putting him within touching distance of earning Ducati’s first win since 2010. However, Rossi managed the gap leaving an ecstatic Perucci to cross the line in second place.

Speaking in the post-race press conference he said: “When I realised I was on the podium I was scared about crashing, because on the wet you never know your limit. But then Marquez crashed and – I don’t know why – but Valentino was coming closer, closer and closer. I was scared I was too fast because it’s not usual you gain that time to Valentino. It’s not a comfortable situation.

“Usually when we are training with Valentino (Petrucci is a regular training partner of Rossi and the pair train together at The Doctr’s ranch), when you are close to him he has something more. Last week we touched in one corner. I finished in front of him because I pushed him out. I thought, ‘that’s the last time we train together!’

“I didn’t want to repeat that situation especially because I was happy for this great result. Coming closer to him was too risky and with two laps to go I saw I had created a little bit of gap to Dovi behind.

“In the last lap I think I made every corner wrong! Then in the last corner I started laughing and thinking ‘now I wake up in bed’. So I’m very happy to be there.

“I was always fast in the wet, even with a not so competitive bike. I managed some 11th or 12th positions in the past. For everyone, for the media, it’s not a good result but for us it was a good result.

“I came especially from motocross and maybe I have some advantage with the track changing every lap. Maybe I’m fast because in the wet everyone is slower! So in the box they told me ‘we were scared about you, because you looked like you were crashing in every corner’.

“But for me as I say maybe everyone is slower and I don’t understand why. I really, really enjoy riding in the wet because everything is more smooth. It’s more natural riding.”

Petrucci is now up to eighth in the world championship and will be partnering Scott Redding next year, a situation he thinks will benefit both riders.

He said: “Redding is a fast rider. In the past he has raced against Marc Marquez and beaten him. He will be quick on the Ducati and we can push each other. I want to be eighth in the championship this year, but with Redding in the team may be next year I can be higher.”

MotoGP – Redding shines at Silverstone, lands seventh place in quali

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Scott Redding will start from the third row of the grid at his home Grand Prix after an impressive qualifying performance at Silverstone.

The Marc VDS rider has been fast and consistent all weekend and built on his top ten pace on Friday to claim his best starting position since the Grand Prix of the Americas.

Having been searching for a solution to some front-end problems over the bumps yesterday, Redding looked much more confident today with his Honda RC213V. The 22-year-old has been in the top ten every session this weekend, although tyre wear remains a concern for Redding and his crew.

Redding, who is expected to announce his move to Pramac Ducati tomorrow, said: “I felt pretty good and the qualifying was really interesting. I was behind Marc Marquez both times and it was quite a nice thing to have. I’ve not really been worried about following anyone this weekend but in qualifying to have someone so fast in front of me was very interesting indeed. Following Marc is unreal because you’re completely on the limit and he’s still one second faster! Our race pace isn’t too bad but our tyre wear isn’t too good. We’ll try something in the morning to help that but generally I feel quite comfortable and I’m enjoying this weekend.”

MotoGP – strong start to practice for Redding

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The British Grand Prix has always been a happy hunting ground for Scott Redding and his home race started strongly with top ten pace on the opening day of practice. The Marc VDS rider, who has won the British Grand Prix in both the 125cc and Moto2 classes, was within one second of Jorge Lorenzo at the close of the day.

Redding completed 33 laps of the Silverstone circuit and set his fastest time early in FP2 and thereafter focussed his efforts on finding a better balance on the bike. Despite his strong start Redding has some issues with the bumpy Silverstone track surface, leaving him looking for more rear grip.

The 22 year old Briton has had a difficult first season aboard the Honda RC213V but having had such a strong start to the weekend there are plenty of positives to build on ahead of tomorrow’s all important FP3 session.

He said: “I said before the weekend that I’d wait and see how the bike felt here at Silverstone, but it felt pretty good this morning. It wasn’t great initially but it got better and I got into a good rhythm. It feels quite different here compared to the Open bike from last year and it’s surprising how much faster it is. We’re struggling a little over the bumps because the tyre absorbs the bump but it doesn’t grip. We need to work in that area for tomorrow. The wind was playing a big role at the end of the day, it’s a crosswind coming out of Turn 15 and when the bike is trying to pull a bit of a wheelie the wind gets underneath, so it’s important to keep the front on the ground.”

MotoGP – Redding looking for a strong home GP as speculation about Ducati switch intensifies

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Marc VDS rider, Scott Redding, heads to his home GP determined to put on a strong showing in Sunday’s 20-lap British Grand Prix despite growing uncertainty over his future.

Redding’s best result so far this season was a seventh place in the Grand Prix of Catalunya, a result he is keen to improve upon this weekend in Silverstone, aided by the extra motivation that he’s riding for his future.

Redding looked to have landed one of MotoGP’s dream tickets when he landed the Marc VDS Factory Honda ride, but like the other Honda riders he’s struggled to tame the bike and rumours in the paddock are growing that he’s about to sign for the Pramac Ducati squad.

The move would make sense for both parties – Redding was quicker than current Factory rider Andrea Iannone when the pair tested with Ducati, plus his Honda experience would be a valuable reference point for Ducati technical director Gigi Dall’Igna to gauge just how competitive the GP15/16 really is.

Redding said: “Silverstone is a special race. I like the track, I’ve won there in the past in Moto2 and the support of the British fans is always incredible. This year we arrive in Great Britain off the back of a few difficult races and not really knowing what to expect. It could be that the bike works well, like at Austin and Sachsenring, but we could just as easily find ourselves in the same situation as Brno, where we had to work hard to find a good setting. Either way my goal is to try and secure my best result of the season so far at Silverstone. My motivation is still strong, and the support of the home crowd only adds to that, so I hope we can pull everything together and put in a strong performance this weekend.”

MotoGP – Redding ready to get season back on track

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Scott Redding is keen to get the second half of the 2015 MotoGP season underway as he heads to the United States for round ten of the championship at the world-renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Marc VDS rider has endured a difficult start to his first season aboard the factory Honda RC213V but, having spent time reflecting on his performance during the summer break, he heads to Indianapolis quietly confident of improving his results during the second half of the season.

The Indianapolis circuit remains one of Redding’s favourites, especially since the changes to the layout last season, with the 22-year-old Briton having twice finished on the podium there in the Moto2 class previously.

He said: “I really like the Indianapolis circuit, especially with the changes they’ve made to make it more flowing. It’s always been one of my favourites on the MotoGP calendar. The summer break has given us the opportunity to think about the first half of the season; it wasn’t the start we wanted, but at the Sachsenring we definitely made a step, so I hope in Indy we can start where we left off and continue to make improvements to the bike, my lap time and my consistency. I actually feel more confident now I’ve had some time away from the paddock, so I’m looking forward to the weekend ahead.”

Team boss Michael Bartholemy admitted Redding’s results had been disappointing. He said: “Looking back, the first half of the season didn’t pan out as we were expecting, but we need to focus on the positives and look for an improvement in the second half. The team has worked tirelessly to get Scott more comfortable on the Honda RC213V, while Scott himself has had to significantly adapt his riding style to get the best from the bike. What we’re missing now is the consistency; the ability to run every lap at a similarly fast pace while building towards a fast flying lap in qualifying. We saw a step forward with consistency in Germany and, If we can continue to improve in this area then I think we will see an improvement in the results over the second half of the season.”