Brno turns up the heat for Redding
Brno, Czech Republic – 12 August 2015: There will be no rest for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS as they head straight from Indianapolis to Brno, venue for round 11 of the MotoGP World Championship this weekend.
For Scott Redding the Brno race will be an opportunity to put behind him the frustrations of Indianapolis, where he was unable to translate a strong start to the weekend into a top ten finish in the race on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Briton has endured a troublesome first half of the season aboard the factory Honda RC213V, which is taking longer to master than he had anticipated. Redding has secured just two top ten finishes so far this season, with his best result coming at the Grand Prix of Catalunya, which he finished in seventh place.
The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS crew arrive in the Czech Republic with a number of changes to evaluate during free practice, while Redding will continue working to adapt his riding style to get the best from the bike.
The Brno weekend promises to be a physically demanding one for all the riders, as the Czech Republic is currently enduring an extended heat wave. Temperatures will approach 40°C on all three days this weekend, with the weather forecast currently predicting that race day could be disrupted by thunderstorms.
“It looks like we’re heading into a similar situation to Indianapolis this weekend, with extremely hot weather on Friday and Saturday and the possibility of a thunderstorm just to keep us guessing on Sunday. We had some problems on race day in Indianapolis, despite using a similar set up to the Sachsenring where I was strong, but we already have some ideas as to where we can improve this weekend in Brno, which is a very different track. We left Indianapolis a little frustrated but, like always, we will continue working hard to improve our results in Brno this weekend.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“We’ve been talking about the need to improve for a few races now, but we don’t seem to be able to make the next step. All we can do is to keep working and trying to find the improvements we need with the bike, while Scott continues to work on adapting his riding style. It will come, we know that, but it’s true that it’s taking longer for Scott to adapt to the bike than we anticipated, although not through want of effort on his part and that of the team.”