14 May 2014
Le Mans MotoGP: Redding 'Winning memories, weather concern'
"I've never had the opportunity to ride a MotoGP bike in wet conditions, so this would be a completely new situation for me" - Scott Redding.
MotoGP rookie Scott Redding returns to the scene of his debut Moto2 victory at Le Mans this weekend.
Last year the young Englishman triumphed in a race halted two laps early due to rain. Having had no wet MotoGP experience, a repeat of such conditions this weekend is a concern for the Open class Go&Fun Gresini Honda rider.
“Last year, in Le Mans, I won my first race in the Moto2 class, so I am very happy to return to this circuit. The only concern is related to possible difficult conditions because of the bad weather: I've never had the opportunity to ride a MotoGP bike in wet conditions, so this would be a completely new situation for me,” said Redding, who has scored points in three of his first four premier-class races.
“Otherwise, if the track will remain dry, I think that it can suits well the characteristics of our bike, as long as we can find more grip than we did in Jerez. Like Jerez, Le Mans is quite a narrow and small track, so it will take a little time to adjust the electronic controls and to adapt my riding style, but I think that we learned a lot from this point of view from the Spanish GP weekend, also considering the positive day of testing carried out after the race”.
Team-mate Alvaro Bautista may have a Factory class RC213V at his disposal, but the Spaniard is presently playing catch-up after falling in the first three rounds, then finally opening his 2014 account with sixth at Jerez.
“Le Mans is not one of my favourite tracks and probably this is due to the fact that often the bad weather makes it difficult to work properly on the bike during practice,” said Bautista. “In any case, our goal remains the same we set ourselves before Jerez, that is collect as many points as possible.
“It's difficult, however, to make a prediction, because the weather forecasts predict rain for Sunday. During the test we have carried out the day after the Spanish Grand Prix, we could test several new solutions that have worked well: therefore, we hope that they will prove useful also on this track”.
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