After a case of mission accomplished on his MotoGP debut in Qatar, Scott Redding has high hopes for this weekend's Austin round.

The leading rookie and top Honda RCV1000R rider at Losail, after narrowly beating former world champion Nicky Hayden for seventh place, Redding was in a class of his own during last year's inaugural Moto2 qualifying session at the Circuit of the Americas.

On pole by almost 0.7s, Redding had to settle for fifth after tyre problems in the race, but knows the circuit suits his strengths and is confident that the braking and handling characteristics of the Production Honda will make up for its present lack of acceleration and top speed.

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"Riding a MotoGP at the Circuit of the Americas will be very interesting. I feel very comfortable on this track, in fact last year in Moto2 I was really fast, setting the pole position with a 0.689s gap on anyone else," said the Go&Fun Gresini rider.

"I also think that the track could suit well to our bike's characteristics, both in terms of handling and in terms of stability under braking.

"We will also focus our work on the tyres, because this track is quite demanding from this point of view, so probably we will need to start to work more on the hard tyre for this race, rather than the softer option, which we used in Qatar."

"Redding showed some serious speed on this track last year in Moto2: this means that he likes a lot the circuit and perhaps his adaptation with the MotoGP will be quick here," added team boss Fausto Gresini.

"After the great debut in Qatar, we want to continue to stay at the top among the riders aboard the Production Racer Honda."