Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 28 Aug 2014
Scott Redding has said he’s not as nervous ahead of his home Grand Prix this year as he knows he’s no chance of winning the race.
Redding stormed to victory in a dominant fashion in the Moto2 category at Silverstone last year on his way to second in the overall championship standings. This year however the Brit is aboard a Honda RCV1000R in the open category, not only unable to contend with former rivals such as Marc Marquez but also unable to take victory in the open class itself unless Aleix Espargaro aboard the Forward Yamaha M1 fails to finish.
Scott’s best result this season was seventh in the first round at Qatar but he has since enjoyed much better races in terms of his overall position in comparison to his production Honda rivals.
“I’m feeling quite confident and I’m already enjoying my weekend so far, it’s a bit busy but it’s quite fun! I’ve not got as many nerves this year like I had last year because I know I can’t win the race, I just need to do the best job I can in the open category and mix it with a few of the factory bikes. This weekend I think I can still prove myself, we keep improving and closing the gap to the front guys so we need to see how we get on.”
The production Honda RCV1000R struggles with top speed compared to the rest of the bikes and has been known to be up to 15mph down on the straights, not handy when Silverstone is a flat, fast and flowing circuit. Scott think’s it’ll be ok though:
“Silverstone will be quite interesting on the RCV1000R, it’s still fast! We did a lap today with BT Sport and you forget how much of a fast track it is. The last part of the lap is really important, sliding through Woodcote is fun!”
On Thursday morning, Redding showed young racers Josh Owens and Rory Skinner around the 3.6mile Silverstone circuit with Neil Hodgson and the BT Sport channel. We asked him how he thinks they can benefit from his advice!
“I don’t think it’s so much teaching them it’s just experience and letting them feel the experience of what they’re doing to boost confidence. I had no one teach me, I taught myself everything I know, it’s just one of those things, you have to believe in yourself.”
With rumours going crazy about Scott’s future for next year with the word in the paddock that his Gresini team will switch to Aprilia machinery with Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista for 2015.
“I’m not so sure what’s going on to be honest, there’s a lot of talk. Nothing is really developing. I want to get something sorted as soon as possible after Silverstone.”
MotoGP comes to Silverstone for race weekend on August 29th, coverage starts from Friday at 08:30 and continues through to 16:00 on Sunday, shown exclusively live on BT Sport