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MUST TRY HARDER...

Still viewed as our best current chance of MotoGP success, Scott Redding checks in with FB for his half-term report…

Despite success in WSB and MotoGP’s support series, the wait Dstill goes on for that elusive British rider who will finally do the business in the premier class. While we’ve had some riders come close in recent years, even a single fluky race win still eludes us. It’s not for the lack of talent though, we don’t think, rather the fact that in MotoGP you need one of just six bikes to have the best chance of achieving that. Many riders take a gamble, hoping their skill will shine through and then prompt a promotion to a top squad.

PICS: MICHELIN

Scott Redding is one of those hopefuls. After spending two years trying to wrestle a recalcitrant Honda round he made the move to Ducati with the Pramac outfit in the hope that one of those factory seats would eventually see his arse sat upon it.

But he’d have to perform; only good results could elevate him in the desired direction. A pity, then, that while there have been flashes of brilliance his chances have been otherwise scuppered by the new Michelin tyres and a handful of mechanical gremlins. So it was time to have a half-term catch up with Scott to see how things are going, which we did at Silverstone during a Bennetts trackday.

So then, Scott, how’s it going thus far?

“Well, there have been some ups and downs!” said Scott, “The season has been alright to be fair, for my riding and with the bike it’s not been bad. Just a few mechanical issues, some tyre problems and bad luck; sadly it unfortunately often seems to be on race day. Putting the bad stuff aside and focussing on the positive I’m closer to the front guys and have been really improving. I just want to get the chance to show my potential in a race.”

Thoroughly deserved...

You were on the Honda last year, was that a semi-factory bike?

“It was supposed to be full-factory, but was more a semi-factory deal. But the difference was massive and by the time we got to Le Mans the factory boys had different chassis and engines. It all looks the same to the average eye, the Repsol bikes and mine, but from where I was sitting they really weren’t anything like each other.”

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