Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 29 Aug 2015
Scott Redding enjoyed his second best qualifying of the season to secure seventh spot on the grid for tomorrow’s British Grand Prix.
Having been strong all weekend, Redding latched on to the back of World Champion Marc Marquez and tried not to let him go as he set the seventh fastest time of the session.
Redding hasn’t been outside the top ten in any session this weekend and secured a direct path to Q2 after a strong lap in FP3 saw him move from 11th to fifth.
“It was better today,” he said after the session. “The first part for us was getting the time in FP3, which was a nightmare! Once we got straight into Q2 the pressure was off a little bit as the worst case scenario is you’re tenth, so we tried to push on.
“It was quite close this morning, I was outside the top ten and pulled it together at the last minute. I left it a bit late but it wasn’t too bad. Now I;m starting on the third row which gives me chance of getting a good start and running with the second group.”
With Redding set to decide where he’ll ride next year by the end of tomorrow evening, the good results could pull him towards staying in the MarcVDS team but says he hasn’t forgotten the rest of the season.
“You can’t let one race dictate your future. If you look back at Brno and how low I was, even mentally, it was horrible. I can’t let one good race do it. I think at Silverstone you could give me anything and I’d still make a job out of it.
“The problem is we have the same setting as Brno and it just works. We don’t know why, we just come to a race like ‘please work’, we just don’t know. We come here, take the bike out of the box and don’t change much, fork spring and maybe a bit of rear shock but it’s not a massive difference – in Brno we were changing everything and going nowhere. That’s the strange thing and the most frustrating part of it.”
It’s likely Redding will switch to Pramac Ducati for 2016, a move Ducati bosses have been looking to set up since last season.