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Redding Q&A: The season so far

Redding Q&A: The season so far

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS’s Scott Redding chats exclusively to motogp.com ahead of the #ItalianGP, about his season so far.

Scott Redding currently sits thirteenth (13pts) in the MotoGP™ World Championship standings after five races, with a best placed finish of ninth in Argentina.

Scott, 2015 sees you on the Factory spec Honda RC213V and reunited with the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team. How do you feel your season has gone so far?
“The season has been not bad, but not great! We have had ups and we have had downs, we are still trying to find our way with this bike because it’s a very unique machine, and sometimes you feel like you make an improvement, and you got to another track and it changes quite a lot.

So slowy we are trying to find our feet with it. In Austin, it was a good weekend, and other weekends we have been progressing, but the thing is we have such a limited time on the bike over the weekend, its hard to find a good set-up in such a short amount of time.”

Has a lack of testing time during the season hampered your adaptation to the new machine?
“Yes, we get the preseason test in Sepang which is good because the weather is always good, but sometimes the track conditions change so much you don’t actually get quality track time. Really, you have an hour in the morning, an hour in the evening, and then we have the test in Jerez. All of this helps, but for me the most important thing is to get track time on the bike to help me improve.”

What has been the hardest thing so far this year?
“The hardest thing for me is understanding the bike, because last year I had the softer tyre which gave me more grip and I had less power. Now I have more power and less grip, so I am trying to use the front end of the bike more than the rear and you have to be super smooth with this bike. Every movement you make can affect quite a lot what happens between the track and me.”

Mugello is a circuit you have dominated at in the past, wining the Moto2™ race in 2013 comfortably, do you see this as the track at which you can turn things around?
“Yeah we talk about turning the season around every weekend, but we just need to find our way.  Having more track grip can help us, like in Austin, and at Mugello we have good track grip, so that’s one positive for us starting the weekend already!

The team has done a lot of research, checking a lot of data back through from the last few races. They can see a few things that they can and improve, and also where I can improve, so we if we put two and two together we can get a bit closer to the front and try to get the results we are hoping for.”

What are your hopes and expectations for the rest of the season?
“I still believe we can break into the top six/seven, just my feeling on the bike is not how I want it. I am uncomfortable riding; I am not always thinking how I can improve, but how to improve the bike, where I can be better and where I am struggling. I think once we get a good setup we will be able to start to challenge for the top six. That is basically our target, we haven’t given up, we still have many more races to go and many more chances.”

Finally, how do you relax away from the high-pressure world of racing?
“The good thing is when you go away from the race track is to have a little bit of down time, then go out training and doing other stuff to take your mind off it, especially when the results aren’t coming your way. Now there is a lot of pressure for the team and me. The worst thing you can do is let that pressure build up, you need to let it go. For me, I am doing some triathlons now, which is also another reason for me to do them as it allows me to take my mind away from racing, but still indulge my competitive streak. Its just something where I feel settled, I enjoy it, and the best way to be fast on track is to be happy and enjoying life away from it.”

 

 

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MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Scott Redding, EG 0,0 Marc VDS, #ItalianGP

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