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Redding opts out of final day of Jerez test

'We know exactly where we're at after this test and we know what we need to do at the first race, which is all I'm focused on right now' - Scott Redding
Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding opted to sit out the final day of the last pre-season Moto2 test at Jerez after making satisfying progress this week.

Redding's best lap on the Kalex was 1m 43.372s, which left him in fifth position overall on the timing charts, 0.7s adrift of pacesetter Pol Espargaro.

The British rider, fastest in Tuesday's wet conditions, said: “For once the weather was kind to us and we got some dry miles done on the bike this week.

“We've got a good direction with the set-up and we haven't had to test as much here, which allowed me to focus on just riding and building confidence on the bike.

“The one rainy day here at Jerez was ideal to confirm our wet weather set-up.

“The fact that I was fastest in the wet also helps to build confidence,” he added.

“We know exactly where we're at after this test and we know what we need to do at the first race, which is all I'm focused on right now.”

His Moto2 team-mate, Mika Kallio, was 10th quickest with a best lap of 1m 43.774s.

The 30-year-old was feeling upbeat at the conclusion of the test after the problem with chatter from last season appears to have been all but eradicated.

Kallio, who suffered a heavy fall on Wednesday, said: “The one positive we can take from this test at Jerez is that we managed to confirm that we went the right way with the settings in Albacete.

“The chatter that we had last year, including here in Jerez, has all but gone, so that's a big step forward.

“We were hoping to do more here, but I lost the front without warning at the fast turn 12 yesterday and went down hard,” added Kallio.

“I was lucky to walk away uninjured, but it effectively ended the day for me as the bike was badly damaged.

“I could have done with more time on the bike just to build more confidence, but these things happen in racing and we just have to deal with it.”




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