Redding was not a prophet in his home country, as the saying goes, on the contrary, he undoubtedly experienced the worst weekend of the season in Donington. Only in the second race did he smile again after his last place in the Superpole race. Last time, Scott even got close to the podium, but couldn’t get to it, even though he really needed it.
“The Superpole race was a real disaster, it was my mistake to choose the wrong tire and I couldn’t do anything – explained the Ducati rider – In race 2 I had a good feeling on the bike for the first time after struggling with the engine braking all weekend, I couldn’t control the bike when entering the corner. This morning we improved a bit and it went pretty well. “
A fourth place, however, does not change anything in an undoubtedly negative result sheet.
“I’m frustrated with my performance over the weekend, it was really tough for me, I couldn’t improve – he continued – I had to force the motorcycle to do what I wanted. I don’t think this is a good track for Ducati, even the other riders had problems. I wanted to be on the podium, I tried until the last lap and I’m close, but I didn’t make it. “
The Panigale is undoubtedly a fast bike, but it seems to suffer from too many ups and downs.
“The problem seems to be that the setup we used in Estoril didn’t work in Misano and that in Misano didn’t work here – was Redding’s explanation – We always start far away, last year the bike was easier, it was more forgiving, now it’s either very good or very bad, there is no middle ground. Other manufacturers have improved, Yamaha seems to have taken a step forward, even BMW. The problem with Ducati is that everything can change from one circuit to another. “
Now Scott is 66 points behind Razgatlioglu, but he’s not giving up.
“The goal is always to win the championship, in the SBK there are a lot more points than in MotoGP, even if you are 60 points behind you could catch up on that one weekend and get back into the game – he said – It will be difficult, but I do not want to say that it is impossible. Toprak is definitely very consistent and Rea may have made a mistake because he was pressured as I could see. Let’s see what happens now, maybe I’m not in the game, but I think Jonathan is having a hard time accepting this mistake, now he’s under pressure and it won’t be easy for him. “
Rinaldi: “I will be able to improve, but I still have to understand a few details”
Not even on the other side of the box were they very happy. Michael Ruben Rinaldi hardly got any results today, a 10th and an 8th place were well below his expectations.
“Unfortunately it was a very strange weekend, with changeable weather conditions that didn’t allow us to work properly – explained the Italian Race 1 and Superpole Race a little too cautiously, lost a lot of positions. They were unusual races that I don’t want to focus too much on, although there is room for improvement. “
Race 2 was run under normal conditions and at least there was something positive …
“I am and cannot be satisfied with the final position, but I understood a lot of things that I hope will help me in the future. I think I’m good at this, but there are some details that I need to understand. I’m a little disappointed for the weekend, but I’m still 5th in the championship and will have to collect as many points as possible in the next few races. “ is his goal.