Most of Scott Redding’s peers are young adults just a few years into their careers.
But over the past eight years, the 23-year-old English motorcycle racer has gone up the ranks from 125cc to MotoGP. Speaking to Crash.net, Redding said he feels much more confident on the Ducati of Pramac Racing, which he signed up with this season after a lackluster year with Marc VDS Racing Team Honda.
“I like the positioning on the bike,” he said. “I like the power delivery and basically how everything runs. It’s just better for me. Also, I like the way the team is running, very calm but very productive and no real major pressure.”
Redding last rode a Ducati for a MotoGP test in 2012, when he was still in Moto2. Although he finished at the top during a private test in Jerez in November last year, Redding said he needs to compensate for his now-1.85-meter tall and 78-kilogram frame, which was often a disadvantage in lower grand prix classes.
“Just be a bit different with the lines,” he said. “A lot of the guys go in to the corner early and pick the bike up, but I’m heavier so I need to carry a bit of corner speed even with this horsepower.”
However, Redding’s new team-mate Danilo Petrucci is nearly the same build at 1.80 meters and 77 kilograms, meaning there is a better chance that if a certain setting is working for one rider, it’ll work for the other as well. “It does help if you have two riders that are similar instead of, for example, me and [Moto2 teammate] Mika Kallio in the past, where we were completely opposite,” Redding said.
Last season ended with Redding in 13th, but he said is determined to leap up the order in 2016. “I’d be happy for a top six in the championship,” he said. “Try and fight for a few podiums would be good and I think we’ve got that chance. So we need to make the most of it, be focused, dedicated and make it work.”