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Redding rides ex-Kevin Schwantz 500cc Suzuki!

"The bike was absolutely amazing. Okay, the brakes weren't great, but we were expecting that. The handling was incredible because the bike is so light; it was really easy to change direction. It accelerated hard too, with the front coming up in every gear," said Redding.

"I didn't need a rev counter; I just changed up whenever I felt the front wheel was high enough! There was a lot of power, but it was pretty controllable, nothing like the razor sharp powerband I was expecting. It turns like a 125 and was still pulling in sixth. They should bring these back. It was absolutely mega to ride!"

With no engine braking from the two-stroke motor, Redding wasn't able to give the Spa crowd a demonstration of backing it in, for which he's well known in Moto2, but he did manage to show them what the elbow sliders on his leathers are for.

"I was knee down and I could see I was quite close with the elbow, so I just leant it over a bit more and down it went. I don't think they did that in 500GP back in 1994, but then the tyres we were using today offer a lot more grip than those Kevin Schwantz had to contend with when he raced the bike."

It was on this bike that Schwantz enjoyed his last World Championship success, winning the 1994 British Grand Prix at Donington Park, which, coincidentally, was also the scene of Redding's first ever Grand Prix victory in 2008.

By riding the Suzuki RGV500 at Spa, Redding is now one of a very small group of riders who have experienced both four-stroke and two-stroke grand prix machinery, having tested Ducati's Desmosedici MotoGP bike at Mugello in 2012.

"I'd like to say a massive thank you to Steve Wheatman for letting me loose on his rather expensive bike, and also to Olivier Aerts for organising the ride today. It was great fun and I hope I'll get the chance to repeat the experience in the not too distant future," concluded Redding.

Redding will now head East from Spa, to the Sachsenring, where he'll defend his Moto2 World Championship lead in the German Grand Prix next weekend. Redding is heavily linked with a move to the premier MotoGP class next season.




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tedleaf

July 07, 2013 11:54 PM

yep, bring back 500 pocket rocket pigs, lets sort the men from the boys, wonder how long some youngsters would last? lorenzo would hate them i reckon. i have suggested here before that they should have to use old style rockets for at least one race a season, it would remind some of the riders how spoilt they are with flashy clutches, traction control and easy to ride electronic controls. stick old boots on them as well, ahh think of the fun as some folk try a smart move and then wonder how they ended up on their bums at 180 mph!!! they can keep the new leathers, some would need them more than others, collin ed, might even win a race, only he and vali have any time on pocket rockets, some of the youngsters not even sat on one before, let alone raced one, nice to see a youngster up for a challenge!!!

TalentFan

July 08, 2013 9:57 AM

Never mind the details. Read what it is that posters are saying, and what it is they feel the racing should have. Real Racing, with the riders in charge of their own destiny, NOT the software keeping the wheels in line and maximising drive, controlling wheelie etc. etc. etc. Fans want to see that again - so the glory for a great ride is warranted, and the one who makes fewest mistakes and goes fastest wins. We all know what electronics CAN and DOES do. Very clever. But they are now detracting from and spoiling the potential for the riders to excel as well as fail - an optimised perfect bike for every corner equals processional racing and WORSE - we cannot know if the guy taking the trophy really deserved it, or whether we should give the Laurels to his ECU! Look at the Wimbledon Mens Final. Millions tuned in to see two guys with bats wallop a ball. Why? Because it was tremendous contest of visible individual skill and effort, with the best man winning. THAT is what fans tune



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