Jerez MotoGP: Scott Redding looking for confidence boost

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British teenager Scott Redding is hoping this weekend’s Spanish GP at Jerez will help fire his season into life after a disappointing start.

Redding finished outside the top ten in the shortened Qatar season opener and was forced to retire from last weekend’s Japanese GP at the Twin Ring Motegi with an electronic caburation problem.

The Gloucestershire rider, who shot to fame nearly a year ago when he won the British GP at Donington Park, said: “I’m hoping for a bit more luck in Jerez. It has not been an easy start to the season but we move on and try and get back on track in Jerez.

“Last weekend I’m sure I scored a lot of points, but I had a big problem with the engine. It should rev to 13,500rpm but it would only rev to 11,000 and die down.

“I was losing so much on the straights that I’d have to brake ridiculously late, praying that I made it through the corner without losing the front. I’d catch the group up but halfway down the back straight the bike would cut out.

“It was getting out of hand, braking so late and taking a lot of risks when I had no chance of finishing in the points. Hopefully we won’t have any issues in Jerez and I can be fighting at the front.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt