31 August 2015
MotoGP Silverstone: Redding: Nice to know Ducati really want me
Scott Redding reveals he made the decision to join Pramac Ducati at Brno, says announcement is 'pressure off my back'
Scott Redding has said Pramac Racing and Ducati's desire to have him in their colours was the decisive factor in him joining for 2016.
An announcement on the Englishman's future was made on Sunday morning as Redding has signed a one-year deal with Pramac Racing with an option for a second in 2017. That option will be decided by Ducati.
Redding rode to a season best sixth place at a soaking wet Silverstone after the announcement and he admitted the announcement was 'pressure off my back' with next year's plans now finalised.
“It's nice to know the deal is done and that there's no pressure about not saying anything and being careful how you word things with the media,” said a relaxed Redding on Sunday. “Everyone knows what's going to happen so it's a bit more pressure off my back so we just have to do our best and finish this season.
Since he first tested for the Italian marque in 2012, Ducati have admired Redding's talent and Pramac Racing came close to signing the 22-year old at the close of 2014.
Despite his difficult 2015, in which he has finished inside the top ten on just three occasions, Ducati was still keen to sign as soon as they understood Redding was open to a move away from the Marc VDS outfit that helped him to runner-up position in Moto2 in 2013.
It was this, compared to his current standing within HRC, where he is 'not their priority', that caused him to change.
“Ducati has always wanted me and I don't know why. They have wanted me since 2012. I didn't expect it so much this year as last year I made a decision to go to Honda at the last minute, kind of shitting on them a bit, and it made me feel a bit bad.
“I thought they'd be a bit like 'last year you did this' but they were really good. They said they wanted me and I believe they can support me in the best way possible to make a good result. It's nice to know that I'm going there with them really wanting me and not that I'm asking to be there.
“They basically said to me 'Do you want to ride the bike and do you want to be competitive? Yes – and that was basically the deal.
"It does make a big difference, confidence wise, knowing that they want me as they know I can make the result. It's like VDS taking me in the past, they believe in me and that's why they want me as they know I've got potential.
“With the Honda it's been very difficult. It's been a difficult season for them with the factory bike and I'm kind of not their priority, whereas with Ducati they only have the four guys and the satellite team is just like the factory team. They don't care which colour their bike is they just want to see it on the podium.”
Having shown genuine pace at the Sachsenring, Redding was dismayed at being so far off the front runners at Indianapolis that his decision was already made in Brno. It was an episode, he admitted, that cost him a good deal of sleep.
“I made a decision in Brno. I didn't sleep for a few days because I really couldn't decide and then I came here and the bike was working and I was like 'f**king hell, it's too late now!'
“Overall, that's what I chose and I think it's the right way to go. I'm excited, the bike is very different but it looks more normal. With the Honda it's a bit back-to-front to ride and I think the Ducati will suit me, at least I hope it will!”
Referring to the MotoGP race, in which he recovered from a poor start and reeled in countryman Bradley Smith for a fighting top-six finish, Redding maintained his RC213V's base setting, which was similar to Brno, was simply suited more to Silverstone's 3.6 mile layout.
“My pace was good all weekend except in morning warm-up, we were really struggling as we had no feeling with the wet tyres and couldn't get any grip so I was worried going into the race.
“We made some big changes, which is never confidence boosting into a race and at the beginning I struggled to find a rhythm and get the rear tyre to work and after eight or nine laps it settled in, I changed the traction control a little bit and found a rhythm and began to close on the guys in front of me.
“Once I got my rhythm I was catching, catching but I didn't expect to close the gap so fast. I put in two good laps and built a gap and thought I'd try and manage it. I said before the weekend that if I could finish top seven I'd be happy and a few people crashed but I still finished the race and our pace once we got going was good.
“The bike worked well here. I was doing what I always do, always trying to improve, checking the data and of course I feel more supported when I'm here but it doesn't make a big difference to the result. The biggest thing was that the bike worked, it was the same setting as Brno and we did nothing there but here we got a good result. The biggest difference for me is whether the bike suits the track and if it does we can get a good result.”
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