Scott Redding believes he can use the added pressure of being in a one-man team to prove he can cut it with the MotoGP elite in 2015.
The 22-year old has moved back to the Marc VDS Honda outfit for the upcoming season, where he will have factory equipment at his disposal. With a promising debut year already behind him Redding acknowledges there is extra pressure on his shoulders to perform this time around, but he believes this is something positive, that will force him to perform to a higher level.
Speaking at the Estrella Galicia Marc VDS team launch in Madrid Redding told Crash.net
: “There's a lot of pressure but I thrive off that pressure. If there's no pressure there's no urge to do it. It's nice to have it and even to be in a one man team. Pressure is the support. People are pressuring me because they know I can do it. For me it's just a matter of finding my way. For sure there's pressure but I enjoy riding like this.”
Having completed three official tests with the machine, Redding has chosen to focus his attentions on getting comfortable with the added power of his RC213V Honda throughout the offseason. His placing in both Sepang tests (17th at the first, 16th at the second) didn't set the world alight but the ex-Moto2 championship runner-up has been pleased with his clear progression and increased feel with the new machine.
“Valencia was a complete disaster,” he said. “The bike, the electronics, everything I hated. With the whole situation I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew. Then we got to Sepang and I said, 'take off the electronics.' I wanted to feel the bike and the true power. Then the first time we went out I thought it was really nice, I enjoyed it so much more.
"Now without electronics I can understand the bike and use the power, which was a big step for my confidence. I am happy. The thing with Sepang is it is difficult because the lap time comes within the first thirty minutes [of the day]. And then you [wait to] do a lap time until the last ten minutes of the day. The lap time means nothing to me there. It's more about feeling and testing with no electronics.”
Redding is understandably looking forward to Qatar, the track at which he made his grand prix debut in 2008. Having scored an excellent top-ten finish in his class debut a year before, Redding believes his pace around the Losail circuit will be a truer gauge of his mettle aboard the 2015 machine.
“It's going to be interesting to just see what I can do in the Qatar track. Sepang is not one of my favourite circuits and it's quite different. When I get a bit closer I get more confident and then we'll see what I can achieve. I want to be top seven in Qatar. I think this is a realistic possibility. The first couple of races you need to score some points and to try and be consistent for the championship.”
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