30 January 2014
Redding: Fuel, electronics key to Factory MotoGP challenge
"My main target is to be the first Open class rider, even though in my head it is always possible to make something special" - Scott Redding
MotoGP rookie Scott Redding will start his 2014 preparations during official testing at Sepang in Malaysia next week.
The outing will be Redding's first proper test on the new Open class Gresini Honda, which he debuted at Valencia last November while still nursing a fractured wrist.
Speaking of his expectations for the upcoming season, the 21-year-old Englishman made clear he is targeting top Open class honours.
In terms of whether he can take on the Factory class competitors, such as team-mate Alvaro Bautista, Redding explained that he needs to weigh-up the performance gain from the four litres of extra race fuel against the disadvantage of the standard ECU software - compulsory for the Open class.
“This is a hard question for me to answer because I don't have the experience and I don't know the tyres, and also I don't know what difference the [extra race] fuel is making; the electronics we have are not so good.
“I don't want to run before starting to walk: if I can take some guys on a proper [Factory class] MotoGP bike, then I'll take them, but my main target is to be the first Open class rider, even though in my head it is always possible to make something special.
“I think that we need to wait for the first test to see if there's a big difference between the two configurations, also because I think that we won't use so much the softer tyre with this bike for a race, because we will use the tyres like a Factory MotoGP bike anyway.
“I think that the biggest thing is to work with the electronics”.
In terms of his radius bone fracture, which ended his Moto2 title hopes, Redding said he will be close to fully fit for next week's three-day test.
“Now the wrist is 100% strength, 90% flexibility, so it's enough for riding properly,” he declared.
“I've been training hard because I want to come to these three days of testing really strong and fit. I know that many riders coming from Moto2 find it hard to make a full day of testing in Sepang, because of the weather, so I'm trying to prepare myself now, taking the pain out to be able to have a good test there.
“So, I will go there just to see how it goes, but also to try to close the gap on the front guys and also the other Production Racers.”
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