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Moto2: Redding keeps control at Valencia

Scott Redding lowers his best lap time by almost a second to stay on top of the Moto2 test times at Valencia.
Scott Redding lowered his best lap time by almost a second to stay at the head of the timesheets during day two of the first Moto2 test of 2012, at Valencia.

The British teenager, whose Marc VDS team has switched from Suter to Kalex machinery, set a best lap time of 1m 35.6s. That is one-second under the official Moto2 lap record and only 0.7sec behind the best CRT MotoGP lap by Randy de Puniet during a recent test at the same track.

Second best on the unofficial timesheets, complied by the Valencia Circuit, was multiple Moto2 race winner Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) who put his FTR within 0.2sec of Redding.

Claudio Corti (+0.5sec) repeated his third place from day one for the Italtrans (Kalex) team, followed by Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Suter) and Simone Corsi (Ioda), who were both credited with the same 1m 36.3s lap time.

In the new Moto3 class, Red Bull KTM's Sandro Cortese maintained his position at the top by just 01sec over Aspar Kalex-KTM rider Alberto Moncayo. Cortese's team-mate Danny Kent was just 0.1sec further back in third.

Testing concludes on Friday evening.

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Wacko - Unregistered

February 09, 2012 8:55 PM

Re: the comments about non-standard engines. What good would it do them from a testing standpoint to use an engine (or any non-standard component) with a substantial power increase? It would surely skew any data they may have collected (in a brand new chassis) and make the test into a pretty spendy track day. It’s fun to think about conspiracies, especially since were deep in the middle of the winter time suck. But I have a hard time believing that they would squander one of the very few opportunities to get as much data on the new bike as possible. I am keeping my eye on Redding as I think he could well step it up and contest this thing after a few stellar outings last season. The more the merrier.

Dinger Bell - Unregistered

February 09, 2012 6:49 PM

Wouldn't write Cal off yet, good test for him at Sepang. Wait and see.... Redding is exceptional, imo, just out of interest: Who rates him higher than Smith? I do, it would be great to see them both step up contrasting styles - Britain's Stoner and Lorenzo?

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