Red­ding could lose his GP ride

Bri­tish rider off the pace and fac­ing fight to keep his ride in Motogp in 2018

Motorcycle News (UK) - - News - SI­MON PAT­TER­SON MOTOGP RE­PORTER IN GER­MANY si­mon.pat­ter­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­

Scott Red­ding may be forced to leave the grand Prix pad­dock be­hind in 2018, with MCN’S sources sug­gest­ing that the Pra­mac Du­cati rider’s con­tract will not be re­newed, leav­ing him with­out a ride.

The news came af­ter yet an­other dis­ap­point­ing week­end, where the Bri­tish rider strug­gled in both dry and wet con­di­tions at the Ger­man GP de­spite hav­ing shown good rain pace ear­lier in the sea­son.

Speak­ing af­ter a race where he even­tu­ally came home sec­ondto-lastto- in 20th, Red­ding told MCN that he was left at a com­plete loss to de­scribe the lack of form that has plagued him through­out the sea­son – while also con­ced­ing that he’s aware of the con­se­quences of it.

He said: “It was a f***ing dis­as­ter from start to fin­ish. We made no progress any­where, I had no grip and no feel­ing, and it was a long, hard race. It’s re­ally frus­trat­ing, be­cause at Assen I was the fastest in the rain and in Ger­many I was one of the slowest. One day it’s not bad and the next it’s a dis­as­ter.

“It’s been work, work, work and there’s been no break­through, noth­ing com­ing back my way. Just me giv­ing my time and ef­fort and get­ting noth­ing from it, and I never take the weight off my shoul­ders be­cause I al­ways go home think­ing that it was a bad week­end.

“It’s not get­ting eas­ier and it’s not mak­ing peo­ple think ‘oh that guy’s re­ally got some­thing’. In­stead, I’m go­ing back­wards. We have to see what comes from it, but some de­ci­sions will be made in the sum­mer break. I can’t change that though. I’d be a fool to say it’s 100% the bike, but it’s hard to keep com­ing back ev­ery week.”

And to com­pound his is­sues, he also says that thanks to his poor re­sults this sea­son, he knows now that he’s un­likely to find any other teams com­ing knock­ing on his door. Linked ear­lier in the year with a pos­si­ble re­turn to the Marc VDS Honda team were Jack Miller to make the move to Pra­mac, that door now too seems to be clos­ing af­ter his re­cent run of form.

Red­ding said: “I’m in the wrong time of con­tracts, in the wrong year, and it is what it is. Maybe I need to sit at home for a year, maybe go win­dow fit­ting. If I get an­other year in Motogp, great, but if I don’t I’ll un­der­stand it.

“And to be hon­est with how I feel right now, I’d rather sit at home than go to World Su­per­bikes and try my hand there.

“Would I con­sider it? It’s just go­ing rac­ing just to go rac­ing, and while I would like to stay in Grand Prix it’s not easy when you are up against the best in the world.”

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