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Redding targets the top ten in Aragon
Gosselies, Belgium – 22 September 2015: Scott Redding heads into this weekend’s Grand Prix of Aragon off the back of career best MotoGP results in the last two races, including third place and a first podium finish last time out in Misano.
The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 MotoGP rider is under no illusions about the Misano podium, which came in extremely tricky conditions and in a race where many of the front-runners, including Redding himself, were forced to change bikes twice due to the changing weather.
This weekend in Aragon the 22-year-old Briton has two clear goals. The first is to secure an automatic place in QP2 by finishing inside the top ten in FP3 on Saturday morning and the second is to back that up with a top ten finish in Sunday’s 23-lap MotoGP race.
The Motorland Aragon circuit, which was designed by Hermann Tilke, hosted its first Grand Prix in 2010 and was immediately a favourite with riders in all three classes. The complex is located close to the town of Alcañiz, which has a long association with motorsport, having hosted street races for more than four decades.
“It was a great feeling to stand on the MotoGP podium for the first time in Misano, but we need to be realistic about what we achieved there. The conditions were probably the most difficult any of us have ever raced in and I was lucky enough to be able to take advantage with the two bike changes. We will approach this weekend in Aragon with the same goals as always; to be inside the top ten in free practice, go straight into QP2 on Saturday afternoon and then push for a top ten finish in the race on Sunday.”
“We pushed hard to keep Scott for next year, but after Brno he decided that the best thing for his career would be to move to another team for 2016. Since making that decision he’s had his two best results, including a first ever podium in MotoGP, so maybe he’s having second thoughts now! I think the fact that he’s now made the decision to move on has reduced the pressure on him a little and allowed him to start enjoying riding the bike again. That’s what it looked like at Silverstone and there’s no denying he was confident in the difficult conditions of Misano. If I’m right then I expect Scott to have another good weekend in Aragon, where a top 10 finish is certainly within his capabilities.”