Scott Redding insists he is committed to finding a solution to making his ROKiT BMW team more competitive in the WorldSBK Championship, but concedes he is ‘considering options’ for the future.
The Briton - runner-up to Jonathan Rea with Ducati in 2020 - was a high-profile signing for the German manufacturer in 2022 as part of its determined attempts to establish itself as a WorldSBK superpower since returning to the series in a full factory capacity in 2019.
However, the relationship has yielded precious few highlights with only a trio of podiums to Redding’s name - all achieved in 2022 - while the much vaunted launch of the revised BMW M 1000 RR package, the third major upgrade since 2019, has failed to make a notable step forward.
Indeed, with Redding enduring his first point-less weekend since joining WorldSBK in Catalunya over the weekend, the 2019 BSB Champion admits he is struggling to see where the German manufacturer can make the major step forward it needs.
“I want to be fighting at the front for podiums and winning races but last year and this year, it’s not showing anything in that direction. It’s hard for me to wait; I know the guys are working hard. There’s a lot happening back at BMW but finding a solution is proving difficult.
“When you go testing, you might have an item and it changes everything, but at the moment, we have a lot of items but not a lot of improvement. It’s part of the game.”
Despite BMW languishing fifth and last among the manufacturers after four events, its ambitions remain clear amid talk it has approached 2021 WorldSBK Champion Toprak Razgatlioglu with a significant offer to join for 2024, most likely at the expense of Redding.
It has left Redding considering his future, though he insists he is committed to being the spur that can lead to improved performances at BMW.
“I have to consider my options and see what’s available. I have to see what we can do for BMW in the future if I am to stay there.
“We will see, but there aren’t a lot of other doors open so we need to keep our head down and try to improve the package.”
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