Scott Redding finished Race 1 in 5th place. In a daring ending, to say the least. With Haslam’s highside and Razgatlioglu’s going long to avoid him, the Aruba rider managed to limit the damage. It was the first race in wet conditions for him and, consequently, there were pitfalls.
“This race was useful in understanding how the bike and the tires behave on water, as well as that of the other riders in difficult conditions,” he began. “I tried to improve, lap after lap, even if I was losing in acceleration. In fact, I risked a lot when braking and, consequently, I have to improve under this aspect.”
Redding doesn’t deny his limits.
“I didn’t have the right confidence, especially when entering corners. In fact, I still can’t ride the bike as I want to when it’s wet. This was the aspect that struck me most during the weekend and one on which I have to focus for the next races in order to move forward.”
Yet, at the checkered flag, his Ducati was 5th.
“In the end, that’s better than I could have hoped for, given the many accidents during the race. The important thing is to have improved my race pace. I didn’t feel like taking any chances today in acceleration like the other riders did, for example. In fact, I lacked speed. I had to brake late and, consequently, I lacked rear grip. This is an aspect that accompanied me during the race but, at the same time, I know that I can be faster than today, and that’s the goal for tomorrow.”
But the fact remains that the World Championship is practically in Rea’s hands.
“You never know what can happen in the race for the title. Unfortunately, Aragon was a weekend that really affected the World Championship, and also Barcelona, where I struggled. This year, Johnny will win the World Championship, but I’ll try again next year, trying to be constant and competitive in all races and in all conditions. This 2020 was a very short Championship and, consequently, it was difficult to recover the points lost, given the few races available.”
Scott was asked to grade himself on the season?
“Honestly, I don’t know. I wasn’t good with grades in school,” he said jokingly. “I’m a rider who always tries to give 100% in every race. So I prefer not to grade myself, but to concentrate, race after race. I always want to treasure mistakes and not repeat them a second time. If, by chance, I make a mistake in choosing a tire, I’ll take note of it and, next time, I’ll know that I can’t make the same choice in a given situation. That’s my way of thinking and racing.”