|Redding had a special home livery for the second year|
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The former MarcVDS Moto2 rider, who sensationally won his home Grand Prix at Silverstone last year, assures his fans that he thrives off the pressure and support they loyally provide, which he certainly showed this weekend. Redding also played his part in stirring home passions by sporting a one-off patriotic red, white and blue paint job on his Honda machine.
You seem to be putting yourself down this year, why are you so critical?
"I'm not putting myself down but being the first Open bike of three or four riders - it's not for me. I want to be fighting at the front. I want to be winning and fighting for podiums with the best riders and at the moment I'm being held back. I've been the first Open bike and mixed it with some of the factory bikes but it's just that I want more. I finish the race and the guys are like 'great job' but I'm doing just that, 'my job'. I don't get anything back from it, I was the first Open bike in Indy, it was because Espargaró crashed but you don't get a trophy, you don't get anything, it's just like 'okay, well done' and then what's the point of even racing? It's a bit of a strange feeling for me cause it's not like I'm even battling to get to Parc Ferme, the only way I can get there is if Espargaró crashes."
Are you a lot busier now you're a MotoGP rider?
"I'm quite a lot busier with media things this season. When you come to MotoGP you seem to make a lot more friends, people keep wanting things. But the best thing that's changed is that you're in the premier class, you're in the highest category in motorcycle racing in the world. So you have to expect to be busier because you're part of the biggest thing in racing.
Sometimes it gets a bit much and I need a break & need to do other things. I can't just do media, media, media as is the case at the home GP but when you've got so many fans wanting to see you, have a photo or an autograph, I feel guilty when I can't sign something for somebody. Weekends like this I have to be somewhere else so I can't always do it and then I feel a negative vibe, which it makes me feel really bad because I would love to sign everything for everyone but I don't have the time, so it's difficult from that point of view.
I've been busy from 8am (Thursday). The first thing I did was sign autographs and then I have other media things to do with BT Sport, Bennetts, the team and also Riders for Health and that's without having any time to myself. I sat down at lunch for 20 mins and that's it. I've done nothing else today, so it is difficult when you have to say no to someone, and I do feel guilty. If I had the time of day I would do it but at the moment I don't and I feel that bad vibe which can get me down."
Do you think you'll be happier once you know about next year?
"I'm not disappointed, I can make do with it for one year but for two years, it's not happening - I'd rather sit at home or go back to Moto2 or do something else but I'm not going to spend another year on an Open bike. Once I find out what's happening next year, it'll give me that little bit more motivation to finish the season. But anyway when I go out on track, I never fail to go out to do the best that I can because I still think with some good results on the Open bike, we can make it."
Weight was a big problem in Moto2, is it still a problem in MotoGP?
"So far my weight has not been a problem. But the middle of the racing pack you know it's a bit different than when you're running with the top riders and top machinery at the front of the race. So we'll have to see if we're going to be alright next season."
What do you feel is the most important thing you've learnt this year?
"I wouldn't necessarily say that I've learn't anything more important specifically this year because it's just racing. Of course the bike, the carbon brakes, the tyres, the power, are all new but away from those factors, the racing is nothing different really."
Is it easier to spend more of your time in Spain during the season?
"Spain's a lot better to prepare a rider for a season. In England you can't go and ride a supermoto without a licence, without insurance, without a medical. Let alone the fact that it can cost you £100 per day when you don't even get the track all day. I go to Spain and it's all "ah, we have a MotoGP rider, have the track to yourself!" And that's the difference. It makes it a lot easier and it's a lot warmer out there so with the heat conditioning, it's the perfect place to be. It's nice to be out there training, I feel that's the biggest change I've made compared to the 2013 season."
Do you miss England?
"I do like to come back home every now and then but with days like today, I went to go cycling and it's cold, it's raining and that makes it hard work to do some of the training. But apart from that it is nice to come home and see my family and friends."
What's your favourite thing about coming to your home round?
"To be honest it's got to be the fans. There's such a great atmosphere created by them all around the circuit and a big positive vibe that gives me goosebumps. I feel like these guys are really here for me and it makes me enjoy the weekend a lot more. I don't stress about it because I know it's always going to be alright, I think that's just the feeling of being at home, just to have so much backing."
Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
"Ideally, in the pit box next to Marquez. That's the guy to beat and I need to have the bike next to him and at the moment it's all about making the right steps to get there. We're working hard to try and make things right. I'm working as hard as I can to get the best results I can with the bike I've got this season because what I'm doing now will affect what happens next year and then the year after so it's those simple steps which are really important."
Do you have any advice for younger riders?
"It depends what level they are but I always say to people that they should never give up. You'll have good times, you'll also have bad times and the bigger man will come through in the harder times. If it's raining and it's windy and you have to go training, you have to go, you can't sit it out. You have to always be on top of your game, you have to be the bigger man in that situation and always dig deep when times are hard."