WorldSBK ‘better with Scott Redding up front, he’s one of the greatest showmen’ – James Toseland | Superbikes of the world
Despite being in the midst of winning races and having challenged Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea in the championship, Redding left Ducati to join BMW for 2022.
And after the first four rounds of this season the results have been far from what was expected, in fact Redding had only scored one top five finish in 12 races, which he had achieved eight times to this point. last year.
Redding’s decision to join BMW was largely based on Ducati’s desire to move on, which they did with the re-signing of Alvaro Bautista who currently leads the world championship with 36 points.
Although he had more wins with Honda, Toseland also had most of his success in WorldSBK with Ducati. The former two-time champion, who like Redding rode for BMW during his Superbike career, was one of many who thought Redding’s move to the German brand was going to prove difficult, which turned out to be difficult. so far proven right.
Speaking to Crash.net, Toseland said: “It’s been the worst situation with the fallout from the decision they made last year. You couldn’t have imagined the BMW struggling to get points in the first round.
“I don’t think he even scored a point at Aragon and then you have the bike that you let win by three or four seconds.
“I had a strong opinion on that because I’ve ridden a factory Ducati and I’ve ridden a BMW. Believe me, I’ve sweated a lot more on one than the other. [laughs]. But I don’t think he had a choice. I think that’s the thing that wasn’t really clear.
“I think his time was up at Ducati and he had to find another opportunity. With Kawasaki’s door closed and Yamaha – it wasn’t going to be opened because Locatelli had a fantastic opening year. So…what a other package would you sign for?
“He would have had a choice with Honda, he would have had a choice with BMW and with a few other teams because he was fighting in the top three with Ducati.
“Choices wouldn’t have been a problem, but picking what he might want was something else.”
Redding should be tough for WorldSBK wins and not fight for tenth – Toseland
Clearly Redding’s first two seasons in WorldSBK were enough to suggest he could be world champion.
Regularly outperforming teammate Michael Rinaldi, when his day was too much for Rea and Razgatlioglu to beat.
Despite the current championship battle involving Bautista, Rea and Razgatlioglu being arguably the best we’ve ever seen, Redding’s participation in this fight would only enhance the already incredible racing we see in Superbikes, according to Toseland.
“I feel for him because, whether you’re a fan or not, Scott Redding is one of Superbike’s greatest riders and, more importantly, or equally important, he’s one of Superbike’s greatest showmen,” Toseland said.
“The show is better if Redding is in the lead and not in tenth. The thing that’s hard to pass judgment on is the unfortunate injury of Michael Van Der Mark. If Van Der Mark was fit and on it then we could really see and judge what Scott was doing.
“But we can’t really judge what Scott did and BMW also lost their main man on the direction to come in. Look what Honda did, they had Haslam and Bautista and they had both driven for different manufacturers and came [to the team] with a Honda that didn’t really do what they wanted.
“So they were trying to do on these bikes what the bikes they were on before were doing. They were trying to make this package something that they remembered and I’m sure the only thing BMW got this year is Scott Redding trying to make this bike do what a Ducati did.
“Honda knew they were going to change the forks, change the brakes and they wanted two talented riders without any basic tuning and just to develop this package. It was a risk but very smart of Honda.”