MotoGP: Redding ready to race in any conditions

Published: 03 September 2016

Scott Redding has admitted that after making the most of a wet qualifying session today to finish seventh overall on the Pramac Ducati that he believes that he’s ready to race tomorrow at the British Grand Prix come rain or sunshine.

Finishing the day second fastest Ducati behind Eugene Laverty despite crashing out of free practice four and racing to get his 2015 Ducati rebuilt in time, the Brit nonetheless says that decent pace all weekend means he’s ready for whatever happens tomorrow.

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“Either or suits me. In the wet, I was just getting faster and faster. I saw that Laverty was going faster and faster, but having an extra session in Q1 under his belt would have helped him.

“I’m indifferent to what happens with the weather though, because we’ve all got the same conditions and I’m feeling good in both. I’d be happy with top eight, but the target is top six and to try and do my best.”

That comes despite the crash in FP4 that left his crew with considerable work to do, though, with the crash coming as a consequence of a lack of rear grip that was plaguing more than just Redding in the wet.

“One minute it was ok, then you’d give it a little bit more gas and it would go. I felt OK in that corner, then just gave it a little bit more speed to go around the outside of Viñales and as soon as I touched the gas it was gone.

“It was a bit of both tyre and set-up, but the Repsol Hondas and the whole of Ducati were all struggling too. Set-up could have helped it but it was a little bit tyre too. But in full rain the tyres are coming on well now, and Michelin made a big step forward after Assen with them.”

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