Redding could lose his GP ride
British rider off the pace and facing fight to keep his ride in Motogp in 2018
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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