MotoGP » EXCLUSIVE Redding: The target has changed…

Honda's Scott Redding says he will now change his expectations for his debut MotoGP season after an impressive maiden race in Qatar.

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March 26, 2014 3:52 PM

Good enthusiasm but a bit overconfident me thinks. I'm sure with improvements that Hayden and others will also improve their results. Making such comments will not help his cause as riders will likely take them as insults and want to show the kid it's not that easy. He better watch out that Bautista doesn't knock him down.

All that said, good to see a little competition among the Open Class guys.


March 26, 2014 3:52 PM

Scott couldn't have asked more from his first MotoGP outing. He may have got lucky with retirements up front but he kept out of trouble and beat a former world champion to the flag so a well deserved top ten.

Honda do need to hurry up and put some go faster bits on the bike though. The fuel tank matter is just ridiculous.


March 26, 2014 4:00 PM

Scott did a great job, as expected. Pacing himself until Nicky torched his tires trying to keep Pol in sight. He is mirroring the comments from Nicky about the power of the RCV100R. The question becomes, if they do move to a full 24L tank (and the theoretically higher output during the race it brings) does that place more emphasis on tire wear? For a young guy just getting used to all the Electronics, taking away, or at least minimizing this one variable may help his learning curve.


March 26, 2014 4:50 PM

If he will let his ride do the talk, race in and race out, for some longer than just the first race, that would be a smarter approach for a rookie and consequently might attract more sympathy and fans, eventually.
On the other hand, I wish him to be in the position to watch out for Bautista every race, because the latter got some serious wings since last season and seems to have a faster bike.


March 26, 2014 5:00 PM

I don't think Scott's comments are in any way OTT as some here feel.
Let's not forget that last year he was runner-up in a GP class and could well have won without the injury issues he had.
When was Hayden last in such a position?
The truth is that Scott is a rider on the up whereas Hayden has been on the way down for quite some time now.
On equal machinery Scott should have the beating of him.


March 26, 2014 5:04 PM

If Bautista can keep it upright, he could challenge the front guys. He can be a bit ragged at times, but he has some serious potential.

Scott is playing with the big boys now. I like straight talking, but big talking only works if you deliver. Even Valentino Rossi found that out with his pre-Ducati switch comments about Stoner "not riding the Ducati hard enough". It's a brave man that declares he's targetting someone with Hayden's credentials after the first race of his new career, great achievement though it was. Good luck to him if he pulls it off. I'll at least be looking to see what else he says!


March 26, 2014 5:12 PM
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Wow Scott. You may want to take some more lessons from Nicky about humility. That was one race. Nicky was way out front and you caught him after he burned up his tires. He learned the limit and won't do it again.

Ask Dovi what he is capable of when you make Nick Madd.

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