Scott Redding has issued a public apology to Aprilia ‘for my outrageous words’ slating the team following the Austrian MotoGP.

Having finished a lowly 20th place at the Red Bull Ring, Redding produced a stinging assessment of Aprilia which left him unable to explain why he finished outside of the points after a promising showing during practice.

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Redding has said ‘I deeply say a big sorry’ on his Instagram account following his post-race interview in Spielberg which also saw the British rider vent his frustrations at the team’s running and development programme with its RS-GP machine.

“I am here today to say that I owe a huge apology to the Aprilia racing team and company,” Redding said in the post. “What I said Sunday afternoon [in the] post-race interview was not acceptable by a long way, I was thinking with a lot of emotion from my heart.

“But I spoke out with rage which a young person of 25 can do very easily. [At] 25 I should be a role model, much more mature and composed.

“The team and company of Aprilia Racing are doing the best they can to improve our MotoGP machine, we have some good items to test this week and I still believe this bike can be competitive.

“As a team you work, live, learn all together so from the bottom of my heart I deeply say a big sorry for my outrageous words that were said. I will learn from this.”

Redding left Austria pondering his next career move having been replaced by Andrea Iannone in Aprilia’s 2019 MotoGP rider line-up alongside Aleix Espargaro after just one year with the Italian squad.

The 25-year-old is believed to have a number of options, including a potential test role with Aprilia, as well as possibilities to move to the World Superbike and British Superbike championships and is aiming to make a final decision on his future before his home round at Silverstone at the end of August.

Redding moved up to MotoGP in 2014 and has secured two podium results during his career, having finished runner-up in the 2013 Moto2 world championship to Pol Espargaro.



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