Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 09 Jul 2014
Scott Redding has said he doesn’t think he’ll get the chance to ride a factory-spec Honda in MotoGP next season. Speaking to Bike Social ahead of the German Grand Prix, the Brit claims his management have so far been unable to secure him a RC213V to ride in 2015 and says if rumours are true, he isn’t convinced he’ll be getting one.
Redding moved into MotoGP this season with Gresini Honda after just missing out on the Moto2 title last year. His manager, Michael Bartholemy, told Bike Social in December that one of the main reasons for Redding opting to ride Gresini’s production Honda RCV1000R was that it provided the best option for Scott to move on to a factory machine for 2015, now it would seem that might not happen.
With Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa signed up to ride Repsol’s full-factory RC213Vs until 2016, Alvaro Bautista’s Gresini bike and Stefan Bradl’s LCR machine are the only factory Hondas available for next season, with HRC reportedly unimpressed with both the Spaniard and German’s lack of results.
“Pedrosa’s contract changes things for me a little bit but everything is kept so quiet you just don’t know what’s going on” said Redding, speaking exclusively to Bike Social. “We’ll have a few more talks this weekend and see what we can get out of it.”
“I don’t know whether I’ll be on a factory bike next year, from what I’ve heard rumour-wise I don’t think I will be which is quite disappointing but we’ll see what we can do. Honda said I needed to be the first open Honda and I’ve done that 70/80% of the season so it’s a bit hard for me that they say that and then when I do it nothing comes out of it. I did kind of expect it in a way but we’ll see what comes out of any talks we have this weekend. Honda have their chosen riders and that’s that.”
Despite the RCV1000R being some 15mph slower on the straights than the other MotoGP machines, Redding has enjoyed some strong results so far this season and currently sits twelfth in the championship as leading production Honda. With the exception of a crash in Austin, he has finished in the points in every race this season, including a stunning seventh place in his MotoGP debut in Qatar.
Moving on to the German round, Redding is confident the tight, twisty Sachsenring circuit will suit the RCV1000R but is slightly concerned about the weather.
“I’m feeling good ahead of the weekend but the weather is pretty bad here in Germany and it doesn’t look like it’ll improve for the weekend” he explained.
“We will have to get some laps done in the rain on Friday. It wasn’t actually wet in Assen, it was greasy and drying out so I’ve not actually ridden the RCV1000R in the wet so I won’t know how the bike will respond to those conditions until the first wet session this weekend.
“When it’s wet everything kind of goes out of the window, it’s not really about the bike but more about your feeling with tyres and confidence. Sachsenring is tight and twisty which should help our bike a bit but it’s another track for me to learn on the MotoGP bike so we need to take a bit of time to get used to it, set-up the electronics and see what we can do. In the past it’s not been one of my favourite circuits but with this bike it could be different, we’ll see how the tyres are working and see what my feeling is like after Friday. It’s quite different going to these tracks on a MotoGP bike as I know them from riding there in Moto2 and 125s but with MotoGP you’ve got a lot more power but it doesn’t hinder me too much as I like having more power!
“The target this weekend is to stay on top of the production Honda pack, it could be difficult with the wet conditions but you never know I might like it! You never know what can happen in the wet so it will be interesting to see where we are on Friday.”