Redding looking to end the season on a high note
Gosselies, Belgium – 3 November 2015: Scott Redding heads into the final round of the 2015 MotoGP season at Valencia looking to mark his final appearance for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS with a strong performance in Sunday’s MotoGP race.
This weekend will also mark the end of what has been a difficult and frustrating season for Redding. The 22-year-old Briton struggled from the outset to find a good feeling with the factory Honda RC213V, the consequence of which was inconsistent results.
Misano proved the exception; with Redding mastering extremely tricky conditions to fight his way back from last place to eventually finish third and secure his first MotoGP podium finish. It was also the first premier class podium finish for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, after making their MotoGP debut at the Grand Prix of Qatar at the start of the season.
Redding will be hoping for a return to the same form this weekend in front of a sell out crowd at Valencia, as he looks to bid farewell to the team in which he’s raced for five out of the last six years with a top ten finish in the season finale.
“If I could choose a circuit at which to end the season it wouldn’t be Valencia, as it’s always proved a difficult track for me. But it’s the same for everyone so we just need to knuckle down and work hard to make sure we go into FP3 on Saturday morning with the pace to push for an automatic entry into Q2. This is important, as the soft tyre will be an advantage on a track as small and tight as Valencia, so we don’t want to find ourselves having to fight against the open class bikes in Q1. It’s the last race of the season, and my last appearance for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, so it would be good to go out on a high note with a top ten finish this weekend.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Our first season in the premier class has been something of a baptism of fire, but Scott secured the team a first MotoGP podium finish in our debut season and that is an achievement that we can be proud of. We will approach the final weekend in the same way as we’ve approached every other weekend this season. We need to work hard as a team on Friday to give Scott the bike he needs to secure automatic entry to Q2 on Saturday, because this will give him the best chance to mark his departure from the team with a good result in the final race of the season. Both Scott and the team have faced a steep learning curve this year and, although we’ll both go our separate ways on Sunday, I think we have both benefitted from our time together this season.”