Redding pleased with Ducati test debut
2 August 2012 – Scott Redding has finished his first two days of MotoGP testing, describing the outing with Ducati as ‘hard but fun’. The 19-year-old ran alongside Andrea Iannone, a fellow star in the Moto2 class who is also aiming to climb up the ladder for 2013.
The Marc VDS rider completed 127 laps of Mugello with the latest Desmosedici GP12 development bike, notching up a best time of one minute and 50 seconds.
“It was hard but fun and definitely more than I expected,” the Gloucester man commented. “The main problem was the speed at the end of the straight - that was the hardest thing for me. I wasn’t expecting it to be so fast and here at the end of the straight, over the crest when it’s trying to wheelie - that was another problem. Some things were easier, like the cornering, but it was harder to hold on to it in some places and harder to find the time in others.”
Adding that riding with traction control was the biggest difficulty, Redding continued:
“I think (the bike) suits me more, to be honest. I don’t think I would have lasted another day, though, because it’s so hard on the body. We overlaid some data with Valentino (Rossi)’s so I could learn a bit. The thing is, there is no-one here to follow, so I don’t know how to ride the bike other than instinct and my own talent.
“(Ducati General Manager) Filippo Preziosi seemed pretty happy with the lap time and my enthusiasm and I just kept going at it and going at it. I think they were happy with how I’ve performed over the two days. I’ve done all I can do. I think to go under one minute and 50 seconds on my second day of riding the bike was pretty good, really. I was really happy with it.”
MotoGP continues at Indianapolis on the weekend of 18-19 August.