- GP2 Scott Redding Valencia test
I don’t think there’s much doubt that Redding has as much raw speed as anyone and he’s certainly quicker than Bradley Smith.But you need smarts to become consistent and consistency wins championships.Posted 6 years ago
Smith is not the quickest in moto2 but he’s got his head screwed on.Who got offered a moto GP ride?
Simo did’nt come across as a mastermind contender either……but I liked him even more for it.
edit-I don’t think combined min weight would help much with the tyre degradation-he only has one setting,gas to flat!
Not convinced about Bradley and the Tech 3 ride, if Cal has a good year will they dump him, cant see them dumping Dovi when he is a GP winner. They may run 3 bikes but are there the finances for that. What is the motivation for Bradley this year if he has a contract?
Dont think Bradley has it to be honest.Posted 6 years agotomasoSubscriber
Perhaps the Kalex chassis will help look after his tyres better and get the settings dialled in more – as he couldn’t sort it on the Suter.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with Smith’s motivation. He is smart but he is very fast. Perhaps he lacks some of the brain out moves that some riders make but his consistency is all the better for it. Moving through the pack last year showed he can be ruthless, but perhaps he does think too much and should’ve gone for the win instead of settling for second.Posted 6 years agoCrellMember
Redding is good but he’s had a tendency to destroy his rear tyre, though maybe the Kalex will improve things for him. Great to see him doing well in testing but I’d be more interested in how he did over a long set of runs.
I met Redding and to be frank I thought he had a chip on his shoulder. Smith, Taylor Mac or any of the rest (with the exception of Danny Webb who was pretty similar to Redding) all seemed like approachable kids who’d cottoned on to the PR circus. Redding was more like Kevin the teenager. Maybe I got him on a bad day, but I don’t think so.
I thought Smith had a pretty decent first season in Moto2, certainly better than his final on the 125s. He seemed to get the racing edge back and re-discover how to overtake.Posted 6 years ago
Scotts best lap time this session was 1:35.6 . Motogp are only 4 seconds faster. The gap between the primary class and the moto2 guys decreases each year.Posted 6 years ago
Spoke to Scotts mechanic today he recons that the Kalex suits Scott much better as its slightly bigger and they’ve noted less tyre wear than on previous tests.
Like previous post have said. Its a matter of consistency, but I’d put an early season punt on him this year.smuttiesmithMember
Just a thought but as the moto 2 teams are testing without the official engines the times should be taken with a small pinch of salt. Marc VDS are running engines which are supposed to be putting out close to same horsepower as the ‘spec’ engines. Tech 3 however have stated the are running bog stock CBR 600 RR motors. Some teams are apparently running WSS level engines (complete with 300km service intervals).
I have no doubt that both Smith & Redding will be up the sharp end but I am not getting my knickers in a twist about the times any of them are running until they have the spec engine in.Posted 6 years ago
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