MotoGP
05 Mar
-
08 Mar
FP1 in
14 days
R
Thailand GP
19 Mar
-
22 Mar
FP1 in
27 days
R
Americas GP
02 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
40 days
R
Argentinian GP
16 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
54 days
R
Spanish GP
30 Apr
-
03 May
Next event in
68 days
14 May
-
17 May
Next event in
82 days
R
Italian GP
28 May
-
31 May
Next event in
96 days
R
Catalan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
103 days
18 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
117 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
124 days
R
Finnish GP
09 Jul
-
12 Jul
Next event in
138 days
06 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
166 days
R
Austrian GP
13 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
173 days
R
British GP
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
187 days
R
San Marino GP
10 Sep
-
13 Sep
Next event in
201 days
01 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
222 days
R
Japanese GP
15 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
236 days
R
Australian GP
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
244 days
R
Malaysian GP
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
250 days
R
Valencia GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
264 days

Redding: Pramac switch has given me "different mentality"

shares
comments
Redding: Pramac switch has given me "different mentality"
By:
Mar 18, 2016, 6:40 PM

MotoGP rider Scott Redding has spoken of the relief and renewed motivation that has come from his switch from Marc VDS Honda to Pramac Ducati in the off-season.

Scott Redding, OCTO Pramac Racing Yakhnich, Ducati
Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Honda
Scott Redding, Pramac Racing
Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Honda and Loris Baz, Forward Racing Yamaha
Scott Redding, Octo Pramac Racing, Ducati
Scott Redding, Pramac Racing
Scott Redding, Octo Pramac Racing, Ducati
Scott Redding, Pramac Racing
Scott Redding, Pramac Racing
Scott Redding, OCTO Pramac Yakhnich, Ducati
Scott Redding, OCTO Pramac Racing Yakhnich

Redding endured an extremely difficult sophomore season in MotoGP with Marc VDS last year, finishing 13th overall - a spot lower than he did in his rookie 2014 campaign - despite having picked up a maiden podium in the rain-affected Misano race.

Asked to comment on the team change after FP3 in the season-opening Qatar round, Redding said: "Well, that's just a different story, you know.

"It's just nice to come racing and want to go out on the bike. You crash, first thing you do is you turn it off, pick it up and get it recovered - last year I would've f**king set the thing on fire.

"So you know, it's just nice to have a different mentality when you come to the race track that you want to go out there and you want to improve and you just focus more and everything comes a bit more."

Feeling "on the edge"

The Briton had two very different practice sessions at the Losail International Circuit on Friday, setting the third-best time in FP2 and then crashing out at Turn 13 in FP3.

Speaking about the crash, Redding said: "We've just checked the data and I had two percent more gas than the lap before, same speed exactly.

"But all I tried to do was just close the line a little bit to get up off the edge of the tyre and that was just enough.

"I feel [this weekend] like I'm on the edge - but 'is it the edge or is it not'. And I guess it was."

"Apart from that, the session was good, we had quite a good feeling. I was also trying two different bikes to try and get the best of both, which I think, tomorrow, if we can put the them into one, we can find a good improvement."

Despite his crash in FP3, Redding still placed ninth in the timesheets and locked himself straight into the second segment of qualifying for Saturday.

"It was a bit sh*t to have a crash but we went through to Q2 - this is kind of one of my horrors from last year, to get into Q2 - and we did it. So despite the crash I'm still happy."

Top four possible

With one more session left before qualifying, Redding believes that he could be in contention for the first two rows on the grid if he can find a slight improvement on Pramac's Ducati Desmosedici GP15.

"If I put the two bikes together, I think I would've had enough to stay top six," he said. "So hopefully tomorrow where it counts in qualifying we can make it happen."

He also noted that whether he'll have someone up the road in his qualifying run will be crucial for his laptime.

"If I could get... not a tow from someone, [but] have someone in the distance, I think I could go top four, top five. But alone I think it will be top seven.

"My target is top six and that's what I'll try to achieve - we'll see if I get a good run tomorrow.

"[In FP3] I did my lap alone - but a few runs before I did it with someone in the distance and the laptimes came a lot easier."

Additional reporting by Jamie Klein

Next article
Rossi tips Vinales to be future MotoGP “protagonist”

Previous article

Rossi tips Vinales to be future MotoGP “protagonist”

Next article

Qatar MotoGP: Iannone keeps Ducati on top in third practice

Qatar MotoGP: Iannone keeps Ducati on top in third practice
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Event Qatar GP
Location Losail International Circuit
Drivers Scott Redding
Teams Pramac Racing
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy