Redding changed fellow countryman Sam Lowes at Aprilia in 2018, having beforehand raced each Honda and Ducati equipment in his first 4 years in the premier class.
However, the previous Moto2 runner-up struggled with the RS-GP from the outset, and after simply six races the staff introduced that he would get replaced by Andrea Iannone in 2019.
Redding has since re-built his status by profitable the British Superbike Championship at his first try final yr and securing a manufacturing unit contract with Ducati for the World Superbike Championship for 2020, however the 27-year-old admitted that his Aprilia expertise was “psychologically demoralising.”
“To be honest, I thought the intention from them was there [from Aprilia],” Redding stated in a BT Sport podcast. “I imagine I’m a greater rider than Aleix Espargaro. I do like the man however I imagine I’m a greater rider than him. But he was beating me on a regular basis and I simply couldn’t get my head round it.
“And they stated ‘we are gonna do this, we are gonna do that, it’s a manufacturing unit bike and we’re gonna do that’. And it was only a f***ing empty, an empty void.
“And that’s what sort of damage me, that is what [I] struggled [with] as a result of I develop for profitable, I was working arduous, I was the lightest I’d ever been in racing. But there was nothing coming.
“When we bought to Sepang for the race, the bike that rolled out of the storage for this race, was precisely the identical because the bike they rolled out for Day 1 of the check, precisely the identical.
“No engine braking, didn’t flip, spun its head off after which they count on me to race with that, and it’s simply psychologically demoralising. Like, what’s the level of me f***ing using?”
Redding stated he was satisfied that there was one thing inherently unsuitable with the 2018 iteration of the RS-GP and had requested Aprilia to conduct a side-by-side check with a earlier model of the bike.
However, the British rider stated he was rebuked by the staff, though a subsequent check on the outdated machine for teammate Espargaro vindicated his opinion that the ’18 bike was a step backwards in phrases of efficiency.
“We got to the Sepang [test] and they gave us the new bike and I was nowhere,” Redding stated. “After two laps I got here in and I stated ‘this thing is shit’. This ain’t the place we have to go, the entrance finish of the bike had a tyre that was two occasions softer.
“It was simply like rolling, rolling and rolling. [I’m like] ‘what the f***’s occurring, I’m not even pushing’. But they only didn’t imagine in me. I stated you see the outdated bike is best. ‘No, stick with this.’
“And the mildest factor I stated to them was, ‘Bring the old bike at a private test and we’ll check it. Bring the outdated bike and let’s simply see what’s higher, what’s worse. I hope for you guys all the pieces is worse with the outdated bike’. And they laughed at me, they laughed.
“They are like, ‘Don’t be so foolish, the brand new bike is best and blah blah’. I stated, ‘Yeah but just try, just test. We don’t know however we’re in a nasty scenario, simply strive’. And they laughed at me.
“Then they introduced the [old] bike to Aragon and I went residence after the check and Aleix stayed, which I didn’t find out about – I solely noticed it from his Instagram web page that he stayed.
“So I was like, ‘Okay, what the f***?’ And I messaged him and he was like we’re testing the outdated bike. And I was like ‘oh, funny that’. And I stated, ‘How did you get on?’ And he stated, ‘I went four tenths faster in the first exit with the bike.’”
Redding sits second in the WSBK standings behind Kawasaki rider Alex Lowes after a trio of podium finishes in the opening spherical at Phillip Island, which passed off earlier than the season was disrupted by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.