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."