Bike Social-sponsored Moto2 Championship leader Scott Redding answered a selection of questions from our Facebook fans this week, in between the Indianapolis and Brno rounds of the Championship. Here is what he had to say.
How did you celebrate after your first win in Moto2 (Le Mans)?
I didn’t get out of my leathers for about 3 hours after the race with the media interviews including the BBC so I was still covered in Champagne and rain even when I had lunch. Then afterwards we went to Lake Garda on the way to Mugello for the next race but it raining and cold there.
With all the MSMA (Motorcycle Sports Manufacturers' Association) bikes taken for next year, you’ll be on something with the spec-ECU in your move to MotoGP – Do you think you can be competitive?
It’s hard to say but I want to be of course, my competitive mentality says means that I certainly don’t want to be at the back but with the rule changes I can’t be precise until I’ve tested the bike.
If you weren’t riding bikes for a living, what would you be doing?
I’ve only wanted to be a professional ever since I can remember and I’ve ridden bikes since I was young. I can’t sing and I can’t dance but I’m sure that the way I think competitively then I would have been involved in a professional sport.
That was some hard racing at Indianapolis, how did it feel?
It feels good when you come out on top of the battle. He (Pol Espargaro) beat me at Assen and at this stage of the championship when whoever beats the other it feels like a race win.
What’s the plan to win the championship?
Just to try and secure as many points as possible in every race, even if you have a bad race it’s about trying to get as many as possible. I’ve got to beat Pol in every race.
What’s changed this year so you can consistently challenge at the front? Is it the weight limit?
I wouldn’t say the weight limit because the speed is still down. The preparation I do, turning 20, my mental approach, it’s a lot of little things that make a big difference.
Do you ride any bikes on the road?
I have an Aprilia 125 scooter which I take around in the camper so I can ride from the circuit to the hotel but I don’t ride in England.
What’s been the scariest moment in your career?
At the end of 2009 when I couldn’t find a ride for the next season I thought my career was over before it had really started but thankfully Marc VDS gave me the opportunity.
What did it feel like when the guy fell off in front of you at Donington in 2008?
Weird, it was like it happened in slow-motion. I was planning to line him up to pass at the bottom of the Craner Curves where I was much faster. Then I saw him slide off and it was then it was a case of leading my first GP and I thought “what do I do?!”
Do you think your bigger size will help you or hinder you in MotoGP?
I’m not sure. Simoncelli did well and he’s similar to my size. I think it will help with the change of direction, I shouldn’t have too much disadvantage.