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