Redding's "free spirit" attitude didn't suit MotoGP, says Pramac boss

Scott Redding had a hard time with the "professional aspects" of MotoGP and is more suited to a career in World Superbikes, believes his former team boss Francesco Guidotti

Redding's "free spirit" attitude didn't suit MotoGP, says Pramac boss

Redding raced in MotoGP from 2014 to '18, riding for Honda, Ducati and Aprilia in that time, before switching to British Superbikes last year and winning the title as a rookie.

He subsequently switched to WSBK as a factory Ducati rider and scored a trio of third places on his first race weekend in the series at Phillip Island earlier in the year.

Guidotti, who was Redding's team boss at Pramac Ducati in 2016 and '17, reckons the British rider struggled to get to grips with the realities of being a modern MotoGP rider but has now found his niche in WSBK.

"He is a great talent, but MotoGP was a little strict for him because it requires a lot of dedication and concentration," Guidotti told Autosport. "There is a lot of mental work and you have to accept processes that have little to do with 80s and 90s motorcycle racing.

"Scott, being a pure soul, was having a hard time accepting the more restrictive professional aspects. Unfortunately, if you want to be at the top of motorcycle racing, with all the technology and investment there is, you have to follow certain rules.

"He is a very free spirit and he is struggling to accept certain aspects of the professionalism that MotoGP demands today.

"I think he has expressed himself very well in the BSB, where he won, because in terms of riding ability he is a cut above the average level of that championship. Probably Superbike is the right environment for him, one where he can express himself very well."

While Redding is the latest rider to have made the transition from Superbike to MotoGP, nobody has made the opposite move since Eugene Laverty and Loris Baz both did so in 2015.

However, current Yamaha rider Toprak Razgatlioglu has been linked to a future MotoGP switch, with his manager Kenan Sofuoglu recently admitting there had been interest in the Turkish rider to transition to grand prix racing as early as this year.

Guidotti reckons Razgatlioglu could make a success of such a move, but says the 23-year-old should not wait too long before doing so.

"For me he could still try," said Guidotti. "He's still at an age he could do it. If he waits too long though, he risks losing the right moment.

"I think he's still got a couple of years to try and make the move here before he gets too much into Superbike. When a rider arrives who is still mentally predisposed to change and physically intact, with an important confidence in his own means, he can do it.

"If he is still in Superbike too much and he doesn't win, the confidence will be lost, so he won't be in MotoGP in the ideal mental condition to make the jump from Superbike to MotoGP."

shares
comments
The KTM exodus that suggests a management flaw
Previous article

The KTM exodus that suggests a management flaw

Next article

Smith to replace Iannone for Aprilia in MotoGP while serving suspension

Smith to replace Iannone for Aprilia in MotoGP while serving suspension
Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star? Plus

Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star?

Valentino Rossi’s protégés stole the show at Assen as Francesco Bagnaia stormed to victory to arrest a recent barren run. But it was the rider in second, on Bagnaia’s old bike, who had all eyes on him. Securing his and the VR46 team’s first MotoGP podium, Marco Bezzecchi has all the characteristics that made his mentor special

How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022 Plus

How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo has seized control of the 2022 MotoGP world standings after another dominant victory as his nearest rivals faltered. And he is very much heading towards a second championship echoing how the dominator of the last decade achieved much of his success

MotoGP
Jun 20, 2022
The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence Plus

The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence

OPINION: Marc Marquez will likely sit out the remainder of the 2022 MotoGP season to undergo a fourth major operation on the right arm he badly broke in 2020. It is hoped it will return him to his brilliant best after a tough start to the season without a podium to his name. But it’s the human victory that will far outweigh any future on-track success he may go on to have

MotoGP
May 31, 2022
Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma Plus

Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma

OPINION: The French Grand Prix looks to have made Ducati’s decision on its factory team line-up simpler, as Enea Bastianini stormed to his third win of the campaign and Jorge Martin crashed out for a fifth time in 2022. But, as Ducati suggests to Autosport, it remains in the strongest position in a wild rider market

MotoGP
May 16, 2022
The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP Plus

The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. Autosport analyses what this means for the grid going into 2023

MotoGP
May 11, 2022
How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP Plus

How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP

Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike has had a tough start to life and the expected early-season title charge from Francesco Bagnaia did not materialise. But the Spanish Grand Prix signalled a turning point for both the GP22 and Bagnaia, as the 2021 runner-up belatedly got his season underway after a straight fight with Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP
May 2, 2022
How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt Plus

How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

MotoGP
Apr 26, 2022
Why Quartararo's Portugal win wasn't only vital for his MotoGP title hopes Plus

Why Quartararo's Portugal win wasn't only vital for his MotoGP title hopes

Fabio Quartararo got his MotoGP title defence off the ground in the Portuguese Grand Prix as a dominant first win of 2022 rocketed him to the top of the standings. While a significant result in terms of his title hopes, it has come at an even more important time in terms of his 2023 contract negotiations

MotoGP
Apr 25, 2022