Don’t diss Red­ding


Scott Red­ding has had a dif­fi­cult time and a lot of crit­i­cism but I think his per­for­mance, on the Aprilia, at Sepang was pretty good. Be­ing less than a se­cond off Aleix Es­par­garo, who knows the bike inside out and is no slouch, on his first time out on the bike is promis­ing. Don’t for­get that the Aprilia will feel com­pletely dif­fer­ent to the Du­cati he rode last year so there will be tenths of a se­cond to come all over the place. Sud­denly one se­cond doesn’t seem too much to find. Bradley Smith get­ting beaten by KTM’S test rider Mika Kal­lio is a dif­fer­ent story (Bradley was half a se­cond slower on the fi­nal day). If I ever got beaten by the test rider I’d be gut­ted! My feel­ing is that Bradley needs to dig deeper. Kal­lio is fast, but if you’re the fac­tory rider you can’t af­ford to get beaten by the test rider.

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