TOP TEN BUT REDDING IS HUNGRY FOR MORE
Scott Redding says he remains on a steep learning curve after failing to meet his pre-race targets in Qatar by finishing back in tenth. Unable to get the most out of the electronics package on the Pramac Ducati, the Brit is positive about what the future holds for him.
Making the decision to dial back the bike’s power in order to conserve fuel in the early parts of the race, he admitted afterwards to MCN that the decision was a mistake.
“After quite a difficult weekend, top ten isn’t that bad. But I kind of expected more, and I feel like I had the pace to go with Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith, but with the power reduction, we were struggling to hold them. I was working hard and nearly crashed on the fourth lap.
“Normally we have a bit of pace on the straights compared to the Yamahas, while they have some more agility and they’re better at turning. Normally I can recover that in the straights, it’s the give and take of our bike. But with the mapping, I couldn’t recover it.”
However, coming after a torrid two seasons on the MARCVDS Honda, a bike that Redding now admits never suited his style, his pace throughout winter testing and his round one performance means the Gloustershire rider has reason to celebrate.
“On last year’s bike, I wouldn’t have been where I was today! The gap to the leaders this year was good and if I had done that last year we’d be out partying tonight because we couldn’t even get close. We made the best of a bad race, but we could have been closer and I could have got in between Pol and Bradley.”