Author: Scott Redding Pics: Bonnie Posted: 30 Aug 2015
Scott Redding is riding in his second season in the MotoGP class this year aboard the Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Honda RC213V. Riding one of the best bikes in the world, the British star has big expectations for 2015.
The British star’s season picked up at Silverstone, as he showed strong pace across the weekend before taking his best ever result in the rain - sixth place! He checked in with Bike Social after the race for a quick blog!
I had a good weekend in general to be honest, we started off good and had a good rhythm. It’s confused me really as we had the same setting in Brno where we were sh*t but here things worked for us. The biggest difference is that I had a bit of a feeling so I could progress, I was doing my fastest laps alone and then in qualifying I was behind Marquez so I got a bit of a pull along.
The only sh*t thing was that in the warm up this morning we struggled. We couldn’t do the lap time of the other guys, we were 23rd or something so I wasn’t looking forward to going into the race. We made some big changes and it took a while to come in but once it did we were feeling good.
It’s a shame I didn’t get a better start and get off with the front group as I think our lap times were quite similar to the second group. I didn’t get off to the best of starts as I span a little bit and I went in to turn one and nearly got collected by Hernandez, then Miller passed me, Bradl and someone touched the back of me which put me off a bit. Miller was the same as usual going a bit wild, and then Bradl and I came together so I just got a bit beat up a bit. I felt tense as I didn’t feel confident in the rain this morning and this didn’t help.
The bikes felt quite loose from the beginning and I had a couple of moments but as the race went on I had a bit more feel and started to pull the guys back in. Once I got a gap ahead of them I just brought it home in the race.
We’ll have to see how the bike works in Misano. As I’ve said in Brno we were bad but with the same setting here we were quite good so we’ll have to see what happens in Misano, I’d love to keep the rhythm going and have a good end to the season.
You can’t really hear the fans but you can see them all standing up and cheering, applauding – it means a lot and you can see it can feel it. I pulled over to where my flag was and they were going crazy!
I finished sixth, it was my best result of the year and I’m happy, ok a few people crashed but we managed to do it.
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I’m looking forward to next year now the deal is done. I think it will be the right decision for me. The Honda isn’t suiting me because of my size and I think the Ducati going to be different and hopefully a little bit better and we’ll find that out in the Valencia test.
Every year Ducati have wanted me in MotoGP and at the point I took the gamble with Honda as it was the best bike at that moment. This year it seems to be struggling, more with me than the others, so I needed to make a change as I couldn’t go on like this. I need to be top seven, top six – that’s where I feel like I should be and on the Ducati I think I can do this.