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Moto2: Redding ‘can’t wait’

“The first session can't come quick enough for me now. I love riding this bike!" – Scott Redding.
Scott Redding can't wait to make his Kalex Moto2 race debut in this weekend's Qatar night race.

The 19-year-old Marc VDS rider endured a frustrating second season on Suter machinery in 2011, managing just 15th in the championship after scoring points in only half the races.

But the 2008 British 125GP race winner has been rejuvenated by the chassis change, leading one of the three official tests.

"I've been thinking about Qatar since the Valencia race last year! Pre-season testing went well, but testing isn't racing, and I can't wait to get back out there and battling this weekend. I want to start the season on a high, which for me would be a top five or top six finish this weekend,” Redding declared.

“Last year we had a DNF in the first race, which did us no favours, and we can't afford the same this time around. In the past I've gone flat out from the first second of the first session, but this year I'll be taking it a bit easier, building up the speed in practice so that we're fast when it counts; in qualifying.

“Saying that, the first session can't come quick enough for me now. I love riding this bike!" concluded Redding, who took two podiums during the inaugural 2010 Moto2 season.

Team-mate Mika Kallio is equally confident for Qatar, which will mark the start of the Finn's second season in the 600cc grand prix category.


The former MotoGP rider was fourth fastest during the final pre-season test, in which Redding was seventh.

"A cool, calm and collected approach, just as we did in testing, is the key to securing a podium finish this weekend,” declared the experienced Kallio, a multiple 125 and 250cc race winner. “And that is my only goal in Qatar; to start this season as I ended the last, with another top three finish.

“We went well in testing, but the Qatar circuit is very different in character to Jerez. There is also less grip available because of the sand that blows onto the track. But I am quite confident that we can find a good set-up on the bike, as it seems to work well wherever we go. I'm looking forward to the first race and getting my season off to a good start."



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Sweeble

April 03, 2012 11:03 AM

MotoGP is all very well, but it's Moto2 I'll be tuning in for. I'm hoping for a good result from Scott, but feel that Bradley's class and smooth style can do well over the race distance. Roll on the weekend!

jjthekid46 - Unregistered

April 03, 2012 1:51 PM

I wouldn't say that he is the real deal. He is overrated by a long shot, but then the brits are the only ones that rate him, because he is the youngest gp winner ever. Since his in 08 however he hasn't proved or developed much compared to other riders. After 4 years at world championship level, he has only 4 podiums to show for it(failed to reach it even once last year), and has never finished in the top 6 of a championship. Those certainly don't look like the credentials of a champion to me. He is mostly only fast in testing, and can every now and then pull out a good qualifying lap, but that's all there is to him. He is way to inconsistent to ever mount a title challenge. Bradley Smith in comparison is at least a much more consistent performer.....



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