Scott Redding says he must “forget” about trying to finish on the podium at the World Superbike round in Barcelona this weekend as he thinks the circuit layout is not suitable for his BMW M1000RR.
Since the arrival of a new Kalex-built swingarm for the Donington Park round in July, Redding has finished in the top three at least once every weekend, after finishing third in the Superpole race at his home with third in the opening race at Most and second in the first race at Magny-Cours.
However, the former MotoGP rider expects this weekend’s visit to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to be much tougher, and instead hopes to use the event to make improvements for the 2023 season.
Redding was more than a second off the pace in last month’s two-day season test in Barcelona, which was attended by all five factory teams.
“To be honest, Barcelona is going to be one of the toughest races of the season for us,” Redding said. “We suffer in those long corners, but we have to learn. We tested there, but a lot of other people too, so I want to improve in that area to be better next year.
“I know it’s going to be tough so I’m probably not aiming for the podium, I have to forget about that and just think about where I can finish in a respectable way and just focus on that for Barcelona.
“[At Magny-Cours] I expected more, that’s why I fought more, Barcelona will be the one where we take a step back, understand some things, and maybe when we go to Portimao it can be better.”
Redding finished second in the opening Magny-Cours race behind Alvaro Bautista, helped by Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea, both of whom crashed out early in separate incidents.
However, the next day he was only able to manage fifth in the Superpole race and sixth in the second long distance race, although Bautista was controversial by Rea in the latter event.
Explaining his drop in competitiveness, Redding admitted that a rainy test on Friday served to obscure BMW’s true level of competitiveness in the first race and that its weaknesses were more exposed on Sunday.
“I was losing a bit to everyone on acceleration in a few corners,” Redding explained. “That’s another weak point, but there was really nothing we could do. I had to overtake because I lost on acceleration and started to destroy the front tyre.
“It was one of those races, I held on as long as I could, but I had too much of a disadvantage on acceleration to fight them.
“[On Saturday] people had less track time in the dry so in my opinion the rider could make more of a difference but then [on Sunday] everyone had time to check the data, change some things and take a step.”