22 February 2013
Moto2: Redding satisfied with second test
"It was great to jump on the bike the first day in the rain and instantly have a good feeling. The same was true in the dry - the bike just felt right from the first pit exit" - Scott Redding.
Scott Redding was on form in both the wet and dry during this week's second official Moto2 test at Jerez.
The Marc VDS star set the third fastest overall lap time during Wednesday's dry track time and was ranked fifth and then second quickest on the two wet days.
"We had some problems in the wet last year, so it was great to jump on the bike the first day in the rain and instantly have a good feeling,” said the Englishman, whose best lap was 0.5s from Pol Espargaro (Pons Kalex). “The same was true in the dry the second day; the bike just felt right from the first pit exit.
“We tried quite a few things on the bike, to improve it in a couple of areas, including getting the bike to turn better. Overall it's been a very positive three days, despite the dodgy weather, and I'm looking forward to coming back to Jerez for the final test next month."
Team-mate Mika Kallio, who unlike Redding needs to carry ballast to meet the new minimum weight limit, was initially fast in the wet conditions on the opening day, but dropped to seventh position after encountering problems with the Dunlop wet tyres.
In the dry the 30-year-old Finn was also seventh fastest, running a different set-up to normal on the bike, but was unhappy that the gap to the top of the timesheet was more than one second.
"My first exit on wets on Tuesday was good, but as soon as we changed tyres I couldn't get within two seconds of my own lap time. The same was true today [day three]; I just didn't have the grip to go any faster in the wet,” explained Kallio.
“We need to figure out what the problem is, because I have no confidence with the wet tyres at the moment. We had a good base set-up for this track last year, but it didn't work as well at other tracks.
“For this test we went a completely different way with the settings, but we simply didn't get enough dry track time to confirm the changes. We will go to Albacete for two more days of testing, where we'll decide on a direction with the settings before returning to Jerez in March."
"I'm confident that when we return [for the final official test] in March, with nothing left to test on the bikes, they'll both be a lot closer to the top of the timesheet,” added team principal Michael Bartholemy.
The team's rookie Moto3 rider Livio Loi was 21st fastest with his Kalex KTM machinery.
“Livio had a good first day, but struggled a little with set-up in the dry,” said Bartholemy. “While he's unhappy not to be closer to the frontrunners, he learnt a lot during this test and, as a rookie, this is more important to his future than a few fast laps on a bike that isn't set-up properly. He will get more experience testing at Le Mans next month, before returning to Jerez for the final preseason test."
The Jerez Moto2 and Moto3 takes place at Jerez from March 18-21, when the Moto2 teams will also use the official race engines for the first time in 2013.
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