MotoGP: Redding ‘not holding anything against’ Petrucci after apology
Scott Redding says he’s not holding anything against his teammate Danilo Petrucci any more for the incident that saw the Brit fall and the Italian penalised in Aragon two rounds ago.
Locked in an intra-team battle to secure the Pramac Ducati squad’s only factory-supported 2017 bike for next season, contact between the pair left Redding fuming after the race – something made worse by Petrucci’s lack of apology for the collision.
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But Redding says that it’s water under the bridge now, after the Italian came to him last weekend in Motegi after a close-fought but clean battle for ninth between the pair.
“He apologised to me after the race in Motegi for Aragon. It’s better late than never, but like I told him, he could have come to me at the beginning of the weekend or at Aragon. It lets time go by, lets me think about it – and I was never going to come to him to talk about it.
“I feel clearer now that he’s apologised for it, but in the end it still happened. I’m not holding anything against him because that’s racing, but I did expect him to be a bit more apologetic from the beginning. But it is what it is, he said sorry, and I’ve moved on and won’t judge him just from that experience.”
The battle between the duo going into this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island sees the pressure on Redding with three rounds left in the championship, with Petrucci now holding a lead of 13 points over Redding in their own private championship.