Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 11 Aug 2014
Scott Redding has said that he’s got ‘nothing confirmed’ for the 2015 MotoGP season despite rumours he’ll step up to ride the RC213V at Go&FUN Gresini Honda in place of Alvaro Bautista.
After finishing runner-up in Moto2 last year, Redding moved up to MotoGP for the 2014 season aboard the brand new, open-specification Honda RCV1000R. Despite the bike’s underwhelming performance Redding has impressed during his debut year, often finishing ahead of his open Honda rivals and occasionally mixing it factory riders such as Ducati’s Cal Crutchlow.
“There’s been a lot of ‘umming’ and ‘ahhing’ about next year but nothing’s been confirmed” said Redding speaking to Bike Social.
“There is a bit of talk going on but nothing too special so we’re waiting to see what the outcome is. Things are perhaps looking better than what they were a couple of rounds ago. I just need to keep doing my best and then wait and see what happens”
Redding signed a two-year contract with Gresini for the 2014/15 seasons with the option of moving onto the factory bike in the second year. One potential issue is the Brit's desire to run Brembo brakes and Ohlins suspension should he ride the RC213V rather than the current Nissin/Showa set up Gresini currently use.
Redding’s comments come off the back of a strong ride to ninth in Indianapolis after a race-long battle with factory Ducati-mounted Cal Crutchlow. With Stefan Bradl running into the back of Aleix Espargaro ruling him out of the race, Redding finished top open specification machine.
“We had a good weekend in Indy, ninth place and top open bike was a strong result and we managed to stay with Cal for the whole race which shows how we upped our performance this weekend. From first practice we made a good start getting off on the right foot after the summer break. I’m feeling a lot better on the bike, more controlled so I can take my riding to the next level and the results show that.
“It was good to fight with Cal, we battled a bit but it was a little difficult as every time I overtook him in the corners he came back at me on the straights. I pushed as much as I could when I was behind him to try to not let him go as I wanted to show I could stay with him until the end of the race.”
The RCV1000R hasn’t been as competitive as Honda had suggested it would. Considerably down on top speed, Open Honda riders have found it impossible to compete with Forward’s Open-spec Yamaha M1. Instead of choosing to develop the RCV1000R throughout the season, Honda have opted to refresh the bike for next season meaning no upgrades for Redding. The Brit says that although the bike hasn’t changed, he feels he’s developed as a MotoGP rider.
“The bike hasn’t changed all season, we’ve got a pretty solid set-up but after riding the first half of the season I’ve managed to develop an understanding of the tyres which are one of the hardest things to learn when you move up to MotoGP. It took a bit of time but I feel I’m a bit closer now.”