MotoGP »

Moto2: Scott Redding - Q&A

“The thing is I've beaten all these guys at one point in my career” – Scott Redding.
By Stephen English

An interview with Moto2 star Scott Redding conducted on Saturday at the French Grand Prix.

Redding went on to claim his first 600cc win on the Sunday…

Q:
Over the last year you've made a big step up in terms of consistency. What's changed?

Scott Redding:
You're always learning and a lot of it was preparation through the winter. Feeling more relaxed and ready for the season. you can see now that every time I go out I'm more consistent. It's one of the things that I've been working at.

Q:
Has fitness played a part in this preparation?

Scott Redding:
My fitness has always been good but I've struggled with the heat at times but it's a variety of things. It's not my fitness; I've always been fit and I've always done my best to be ready to go to a race weekend. Fitness isn't a problem.

Q:
One of the big stories over the winter was the introduction of a minimum weight. How big a difference has it made for you? At Qatar you were still being overtaken on the long straight.

Scott Redding:
To be honest it's not a big difference because people like Espargaro and Luthi don't have to carry weight because they're on the limit.

Q:
You're still above the limit aren't you? How much over it?

Scott Redding:
I think it's 12kgs so it's still quite a lot but compared to Mika [Kallio] and [Esteve] Rabat it definitely makes it more fair.

Q:
So far this year you've had two second place finishes and a pole. Is the championship now the target?

Scott Redding:
Yeah, the championship was my target from before the season started. We know that we have to fight for championship until we get a ride in MotoGP next year and that is the aim. I want to get there and be competitive. It's one of the things that you have to keep working for.

Q:
After the Ducati test at Mugello did you think that it was lining up for you to move into MotoGP this year?

Scott Redding:
Not really, it was kind of there but the terms and conditions meant that it wasn't even worth doing. I'd rather stay for another year in Moto2, be competitive and fight for the championship and then maybe get a factory ride or at least a really good ride for the following year.

Q:
All the factory seats and satellite MotoGP seats already look to be taken for next year…

Scott Redding:
There's a few options but we'll have to see how it pans out. Anything can happen.

Q:
How do you think you compare to Bradl, Marquez, Smith and Pol given the speculation linking him to Yamaha next season?

Scott Redding:
The thing is I've beaten all these guys at one point in my career. I beat Bradl in the Spanish championship. When I've had good machinery I've been fast. A lot of the time I've had a good bike one year and then a shit bike and then a good bike.

It was only the fact that this year I've had two consecutive season with the same bike which is really good. Coming off last year and coming fast [in the second half of the year] I knew I'd be fast this year.

It's the same with Bradley. I've beaten him numerous times and I've also beaten Marquez a lot. I put myself up there with those guys. At the moment Bradley isn't doing a very good job on the Monster Tech 3 bike but Marquez is doing the sort of job that he should be doing as a world champion.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Redding elbow down, Moto2, French MotoGP 2013
Dovizioso`s Ducati, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014,
Miguel Oliveira tests 2015 Red Bull KTM (pic:Red Bull KTM).
Johann Zarco tests for Ajo Moto2 team (pic: Ajo)
Miguel Oliveira - Red Bull KTM Ajo
Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Redding slide, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Magneti Marelli dashbaord, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Redding slide, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014
Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


rab 27 - Unregistered

May 20, 2013 11:22 AM

make absolutely no mistake,if scott gets a good ride in moto gp he will make as big an impact as marquez has done this year. his machine control is fantastic and like marquez he rides miles ahead of the bike. 7 kilos is equivalent to 4 bhp.so the weight deficit he has suffered most of his career makes what he has acheived so far even more impressive. once in moto gp he will have a surfeit of power,and his size and weight will give him the ability to increase traction in many situations. this lad is the real deal,and if cal doesnt manage it this year scott will be the first uk rider to win a moto gp race .



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.