WorldSBK Phillip Island: ‘Tyre wear a big factor’ - Redding

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BMW’s Scott Redding is looking forward to a cooler WorldSBK weekend for the season finale at Australia’s Phillip Island.

While the intense temperatures of Indonesia have been left behind, Australia’s fluctuating late Spring conditions could prove just as turbulent for the last three races of 2022 but with Pirelli bringing two development solutions, the British rider is keen to get to work evaluating his options in Friday practice.

“It’s definitely easier than melting on the grid!” Redding said of the much cooler than anticipated temperatures greeting the paddock in Australia. “The track temperature in Indonesia was 60 degrees plus and I was just so hot, especially on the grid. We were using fans and it was actually hotter. It was worse!

“We come here and we’ve got different track conditions and it’s colder than when we were here a couple of years ago. We’ll do the same thing: figure what’s working with the tyres, keep an eye on track temperature and see what’s favouring which tyres.

“From what I remember two years ago, tyre wear was a big factor, so we need to consider that,” he continued. “Indonesia was the same thing, we had to be quite smart with the tyres. I hope we can work in that way and figure out what’s best.

“It’s quite a different track compared to what we’ve been to and also the weather - we’ve got wind normally and a colder track, which should suit me a little bit more so hopefully we can have a good weekend.”