After a disappointing Moto2 debut at Qatar, Scott Redding is aiming to repeat his excellent Jerez test form during this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.
Redding and Marc VDS team-mate Hector Faubel took part in a two-day test at Mugello following Qatar, where they had finished just 23rd and 22nd respectively - but Redding was fourth overall during the final Jerez pre-season test at the end of March.
"After the disappointment of Qatar I'm looking forward to getting to Jerez, especially after the successful test we had there back in March,” said Redding. “We know it's possible to get the bike working well around Jerez, as long as the track conditions aren't too different to those we had during the test.
“I would say I'm fairly confident going into the second race of the season. A top ten finish is a realistic goal, but we should really be able to get into the top five if everything goes according to plan. However, as we saw in Qatar, things don't always go according to plan. Hopefully we'll have better luck in Jerez and we'll get the chance to show our true potential in the race."
“We don't have to tell Scott what's expected of him - he puts more pressure on himself to succeed than we ever could - but he also needs to enjoy riding the bike, as that's where the speed comes from and that's what was missing from Saturday onwards in Qatar,” added team manager Michael Bartholemy.
Faubel, who joined the team at the last minute, is aiming for a top ten in his first home race of the year.
"We did a two-day test in Mugello immediately after Qatar, which was important for me to get more experience of the bike. It also gave me a chance to work again with my crew and to improve the communications between us,” he said. “It is a pity we didn't race in Japan before heading for Jerez, as the additional kilometres on the race engine would have been good for me also.
“I like Jerez, it is a truly beautiful circuit and racing in front of my home crowd adds to my motivation to do well in this race. I'm still on a steep learning curve, but I am always positive and my own personal goal is to finish in the top ten, but I know this will be hard to achieve.”
First free practice takes place on Friday.