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Scott Redding is never one to shy away from the truth; the Brit sat down to talk to motogp.com about Ducati, Lorenzo and Stoner.
Joining the Octo Pramac Yakhnich team has come as a breath of fresh air to Scott Redding who had a disastrous 2015 season aboard the troublesome Honda. From his first laps aboard the GP15 Redding was immediately happier, the support from Ducati filling him with restored confidence: “We get upgrades, every weekend we get something new. I felt the support even from the factory side, which is what a rider needs. We have quite a good relationship as we are very honest and clear. That is what I said to the guys on day on: if it’s me, it’s me; if it’s the bike, it’s the bike.” A happy rider is a fast rider as they say.
Honesty has always been one of Redding’s strong points, never one to shy away from his feelings and what he believes to be true. In 2017, Jorge Lorenzo will join Ducati but Redding feels it may not be an easy transition: “I think he may bring a few headaches if I am honest. Just because this is his style, it has to be perfect. The Ducati is not that Yamaha, a smooth bike that goes exactly where you want. He will adapt to the bike, maybe it will be difficult for him at the beginning, but you will see the Ducati up there with him on it.”
Lorenzo isn’t the only World Champion working with Ducati, Casey Stoner has returned to the Italian factory to lend a hand with testing. The Australian has already been able to help Redding, pointing out small areas to work on but the major lessons for Redding came from following Stoner in testing: “I saw a few different things of his riding style. Then I could look at the data and try to adapt a few things. But for me it is a little bit difficult because we have got quite a big weight difference, so his style is also a bit different.”
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