MotoGP »

Progress for Redding following weather woes

British rider Scott Redding makes progress on new Moto2 machine following difficult start in Spain
Scott Redding was pleased with the progress made on the second day of running with his new Marc VDS Racing Suter MMX Moto2 machine in Barcelona.

Overnight rain and a wet track in Catalunya meant the opening day of the test on Wednesday prevented Redding from completing any substantial running on the new bike, with the Briton staying off track until the final 30 minutes of running before he completed a brief run on track.

"The bike feels very different to the other Moto2 machines I've tested previously, but the overall feeling first time out was definitely good,” he said following day one. “The bike was a little lacking in feedback through the chassis, but there's a good chance that this was down to the conditions today and it is something we will only be able to confirm if conditions improve tomorrow.

“Even with today's limited track time I can tell that the bike has some potential and I have every confidence that my new crew will find away to realise this potential before the season gets underway in Qatar."

Improved conditions on Thursday allowed Redding to complete more meaningful running on the bike, with the 17-year-old focusing mainly on suspension and chassis changes.

Despite losing time with a mechanical issue late in the day, Redding's final ten lap run saw him shave more than a second off his previous best lap time to end the day 15th quickest.

“We've made some big steps forward with the bike today,” he said. “Yesterday there was a definite lack of feedback from the bike, especially out of the turns on the edge of the tyre but, after working through a number of chassis, suspension and tyre options, the feeling is much improved.

“Better feedback equals more confidence, which was why I was able to push harder for a better lap time this afternoon. We did suffer a little with chatter, but I'm pretty confident we can overcome this with a little more track time. Hopefully the bad weather that's forecast for tomorrow doesn't appear, so we can get another full day in on the bike."

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Redding, Catalunya Moto2 Test February 2010
Barcelona Circuit of Catalunya chicane final sector
New Catalunya chicane during private test
New chicane in use at Catalunya MotoGP test
Redding, French MotoGP 2017
Sasaki, French moto3 race 2017
Canet, French moto3 race 2017
Kent, French moto3 race 2017
Bastianini, French moto3 race 2017
Pulkkinen, French moto3 race 2017
Sasaki, French moto3 race 2017
Antonelli, French moto3 race 2017
Bendsneyder, French moto3 race 2017
Kent, French moto3 race 2017
Bastianini, French moto3 race 2017
Canet, French moto3 race 2017
Kornfeil, French moto3 race 2017
Dalla Porta, French moto3 race 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

MD - Unregistered

February 19, 2010 11:55 AM

Sometimes strange to realise that he's sill only 17 years old!! With the depth of talent and experience in Moto2 this year he will be doing really well to break into the top 10. Just scoring a point will be hard enough..! Good luck Scott.

Mark Bayliss - Unregistered

February 19, 2010 4:47 PM

@rockingrodders - I would imagine this is because it is a brand new bike and he will not learn much pottering around in the wet on an unfamiliar bike. He needs dry time to understand the bike and get it to something like how he wants it before doing any significant wet weather testing.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.