Originally Posted by Pecha72
In 2012 he was very good, certainly would´ve been champion, if Marquez wasn´t there. This year, somehow I think I´m gonna need a little more convincing, that he is now head and shoulders above the rest (as was probably expected).
I don't think he was (head and shoulders above the rest) and I think Rabat is showing that very clearly. I think that Redding is the fastest rider in Moto 2 on raw speed and talent, his problem is that he's so much bigger than most of the other riders (Rabat is tall as well but Scott's tall and stocky). The playing field has been leveled a little this season with the introduction of a weight limit for bike and rider in Moto 2 so it's no surprise to see Redding, Rabat etc looking more competitive. Some of the smaller, lighter riders who previously had a big advantage have seen the gap narrowed and I think you can see this with Pol's performances.