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MotoGP: Redding apologies for ‘piece of s***’ remarks

Published: 14 August 2018

Updated: 14 August 2018

Scott Redding has apologies for his incredible attack on manufacturer Aprilia after Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, where he hit out at the lack of development and progress with the RS-GP machine. Understandably angry after a strong showing in wet conditions but another poor result in the dry in Sunday, he lashed out to MCN in his post-race media debrief.

“It’s been a fucking horrible weekend, because when conditions bring the machines closer I can see my potential and it reminded me of how good I can be. I’ve just accepted the situation all season because I haven’t had a wet session, but this weekend reminded me that I can still mix it with the best guys in the world. Then it dries out and you’re out in the fucking field again.

“To have a race like that is heart-breaking, because I try my hardest all the time and it just doesn’t get any easier. I can battle with my teammate at one track, like I did at Brno even though I crashed, then you come here and you can’t even be in the same fucking situation as him.

“Now I have to go to the next round at Silverstone, smile in front of everyone and say I’m going to do a good performance – and it’s all bullshit. You can’t do anything. You can’t make a piece of shit shine, but that’s what I’m trying to do. I know it sounds harsh and that I shouldn’t say it, but that’s what it is. You’re trying to make something average be better.”

However, in a post to social media, the 25-year-old has apologised for the factory, admitting that his heat-of-the moment comments were out of line.

“I owe a huge apology to the Aprilia racing team and company. What I said Sunday on afternoon in my post-race interview was not acceptable by a long way. I was thinking with a lot of emotion and from my heart. But I spoke out with rage, which a young person of 25 can do very easily. I should be a role model, much more mature and composed.

“The team and company are doing the best they can to improve our MotoGP machine, we have some good items to test this week and I still believe this bike can be competitive. As a team you work, live, learn together so from the bottom of my heart I deeply say a big sorry for my outrageous words. I will learn from this.”

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