Scott Redding continued his impressive winter form by setting the joint fastest lap time with his new Kalex machine during the second official test of 2012, at Jerez.
The Marc VDS rider - second overall during the opening test at Valencia - set his best time on day two at Jerez, which was then matched by Italtrans Kalex team-mates Claudio Corti and Takaaki Nakagami on the final day.
Redding lapped slower on the Saturday, when he also suffered a small fall, but having struggled to maintain a consistently high pace throughout the 2011 season, the Englishman was still able to confirm that he can 'go the distance' in 2012.
"It was difficult to get a feel for the level of grip on day one, and it wasn't much better on day two and three to be honest. But I was able to get plenty of laps in, 236 in total, and I'm pretty pleased with the fact that I was consistently quick on the last two days,” said Scott.
“The bike continues to improve and we're certainly getting a lot more from the tyres than we did last season, so it's all good. Now we've got a break of more than a month before we return to Jerez for the last test. That's going to drag a bit!"
Team-mate Mika Kallio posted a best lap time 0.6sec slower than Redding on the unofficial timesheets, but was also especially pleased with his race pace.
“I have a really good feeling with the bike and we're at a good level now with the lap times. We've tried many things on the bike, altering the balance and changing suspension settings, and we've improved a lot,” he said.
“I enjoy riding the Kalex and that's important too. During [Saturday's] race simulation I was able to lap very consistently and I actually set my fastest time of the three days during this long run, which I'm happy about. Overall it's been another good test."
Team manager Michael Bartholemy underlined that all eyes within the team were on consistency.
“More important than fast lap times is the fact that both riders are able to lap consistently within two or three tenths of their fastest lap, which is something we were missing last season,” he said.
“The tyre situation is also much improved compared to last year, with both riders able to maintain their lap times right to the end of their race simulation runs. It's early days yet, with the first race still over six weeks away, but we are definitely heading in the right direction."
The third and final pre-season Moto2 test, this time using official engines, will be held at Jerez from March 19-21.