Redding Ready for Rain in Dutch TT

by Louis Suddaby

Scott Redding believes he is well placed should the forecasts prove correct for this Saturday’s Dutch TT at Assen. The Briton arrives in the Netherlands with renewed confidence after finishing seventh in Barcelona and with rain expected for this weekend’s Grand Prix, Redding is hopeful of building on that result.

“Barcelona was one of my best races of the season so far and we need to build on that this weekend. Assen is one of my favourite circuits; it’s quite fast and flowing with only a couple of tight corners, which should suit our bike better. The aim is to start the weekend strong and then, in the race, try to hold onto the second group for a bit longer. Last week we were complaining about limited track time after a thunderstorm disrupted the Barcelona test, but my feeling with the bike was good in the wet and that could be important this weekend at Assen, where the possibility of rain is always high.”

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team principal Michael Bartholemy also expects Redding’s upturn in performances to continue at Assen.

“Scott did a good job in Barcelona. While it’s true that a lot of riders in front of him fell foul of the tricky conditions and crashed out of the race, what was more important was the fact that he significantly closed the gap to the leading Honda. We need to carry this momentum into Assen, a track that should better suit the combination of Scott and the Honda RC213V, as it’s a fast, open circuit with fewer tight, slow corners. As always the weather at Assen could play a big part in proceedings, but we’ll take it as it comes, because the forecast always changes from one day to the next.”

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