‘We all know that a rider that’s hav­ing fun is a fast rider’

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CAL AND BRADLEY RATE RED­DING

Pre-sea­son test­ing for Scott Red­ding has been noth­ing short of phe­nom­e­nal. Im­press­ing since the day he first jumped on to the Pra­mac Du­cati GP15, he’s bounced back from a dis­as­trous two years on the Honda to prove that he is def­i­nitely de­serv­ing of his Mo­togp seat.

How­ever, while Bradley Smith ad­mits that his ri­val’s love of rid­ing the Du­cati will be his big­gest ally, he also says that the bike is ca­pa­ble of bit­ing him if he’s not care­ful.

“Scott’s big­gest strength will be his new­found mo­ti­va­tion to prove peo­ple wrong. He’s had a hard few years rid­ing the Honda, and now he’s got a new friend and a new toy that’s brought a lot of pos­i­tives out of him. His spirit was a bit damp­ened at Honda, so the new­found con­fi­dence will be his big­gest strength this year.

“His weak­ness is be­ing smart enough to make a bike good enough for race dis­tance. It’s a tech­ni­cal as­pect, and the Du­cati has more tech­ni­cal­ity than the Yamaha; it’s a more so­phis­ti­cated bike and a lit­tle more dif­fi­cult. That’ll play on him in the be­gin­ning, be­cause it varies a lot be­tween the first five laps and the last five.”

With Red­ding ad­mit­ting that his tar­get is top six, not only in the first race but through­out the year, Crutchlow says that his tar­get is eas­ily doable – and that wins are not out­side the realms of re­al­ity.

“If Scott uses the Du­cati and his speed to his and its po­ten­tial he can be re­ally strong. He could win a race, too, with the right cir­cum­stances. Lorenzo could be lead­ing at Qatar by 15 sec­onds, go one inch off line, and Scott could be rid­ing in a lonely se­cond and in­herit a win!”

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