Scott Redding may have been knocked from the top of the timesheets during the third day of last week's opening Moto2 test of 2012 at Valencia, but it was still a positive finish for the British star.
The Marc VDS rider, whose team has switched from Suter to Kalex for 2012, wasn't able to match his best day two time, but did set a consistently high pace during a full race simulation.
“[On day two] I was pushing for a fast lap when I dropped into the 1min 35s, but today I was on almost the same pace for an entire race simulation,” declared Redding, second to Pol Espargaro (Pons Kalex) by 0.4sec on the last day.
“Last year we had real problems with the tyres dropping off just five or six laps into a race. In the race simulations so far with the Kalex the drop off only comes right at the end of the run and is less, so I can maintain the same pace.
“It's been a good test here at Valencia, but the next test in Jerez can't come soon enough for me now," concluded Redding, a Moto2 podium finisher during 2010 but off the box in 2011.
“Scott's speed and consistency over the three days have been particularly impressive. His consistency during the race simulation also showed that he could maintain this pace; unlike some of the riders who managed only a single quick lap,” noted team manager Michael Bartholemy.
Redding's team-mate Mika Kallio suffered a heavy accident at turn one on the opening day, before eventually finishing the chilly test session in tenth place.
"The weather conditions here at Valencia were a limiting factor, with the cool track temperatures making things difficult,” said the Finn “We decided just to get kilometres in on the bike, rather than spending time finding a set-up that worked in these conditions but wouldn't work elsewhere.
“The crash on day one sort of confirmed that decision for us too. It was a big one and the damage to the bike ruled us out for the rest of the first day. Despite not pushing so hard during the remaining two days my lap times were fairly good, I was able to lap consistently in the mid 1'36 bracket.
“Now we head for Jerez, which will be an important test for us. With warmer weather and better track conditions we will start to look for the tenths we need to close on the top of the timesheet."
The Jerez test runs from February 16-18.