Author: Bike Social Reporter Posted: 16 May 2014
Last year Scott Redding kicked off the season properly by claiming his first Moto2 win at Le Mans. This year he enters the French arena on a production Honda MotoGP bike.
Here, the Go & Fun MotoGP Honda rider gives Bike Social his thoughts on the Le Mans MotoGP ahead of this weekend’s race, and reveals how he feels if the rain comes down.
Redding: “MotoGP bikes make big tracks feel like go-kart tracks”
“I’m looking forward to it but the only thing is, the weather, if it rains, it’ll be the first time on the MotoGP bike in the rain for me, so it’ll be difficult to try and be up to pace immediately
I like the track but it’s a small track and what I’ve noticed on these small tracks with these bikes is that they do feel a lot faster than the big circuits we’ve been to. Argentina and Texas are big tracks with long straights but places like Jerez which has always been a big track for me felt more like a little go-kart track on the big bike.
The circuit’s quite twisty, with the type of corners and the technical sections where you need a good feeling [with the bike] which I have. But with these brakes and tyres – it can always throw a spanner in the works trying to find traction with the set-up.
Redding: “We can reduce the gap to the leading group”
There’s light at the end of the tunnel, all we need is power. Nicky was good in Jerez, it’s a circuit he likes but in Le Mans if it rains anything can happen. It could be a wet/dry race. We’ll just have to see how the feeling of the bike, we’ve got to keep plugging away all the time.
Redding: “The rain is a whole new book”
"Normally I’m comfortable in the wet but I’ve never tried on the GP bike. With the Bridgestone’s, a lot more power, even the electronics – I don’t know how they all work in the rain so that’s a whole new book!"
Ed - at the time of writing Le Mans was bathed in sunshine and blue skies. Fingers crossed for a dry race!
Scott Redding is an ambassador for Bennetts and Bike Social.