Scott Redding says his goal for 2015 is to beat fellow British rider Cal Crutchlow as they will both be competing on Honda RC213V machinery in the upcoming MotoGP season.

The 22-year-old returns to former team Marc VDS in its first season in the premier class while Crutchlow will race for LCR Honda, but both will be on like-for-like bikes which Redding feels will provide a fair comparison.

"My first target is to beat Crutchlow because he is on the Honda like me," Redding said. "He's gone on the satellite factory bike like me but he has a bit more experience with the tyres and bigger bikes so it's a challenge for me to catch up a bit.

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"Then after that continue and aim to catch the other factory Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. It is hard to compete directly with Valentino or Jorge because the Yamaha performs better at other tracks, but my first aim is Crutchlow."

Redding believes Crutchlow has a slight advantage in the earlier stages of the season as he has more experience after racing with on the factory Ducati last season. 2015 will mark Redding's first season on factory machinery after finishing top open class Honda rider in his rookie MotoGP year.

The Gloucestershire-born rider has been getting to grips with the RC213V during pre-season testing in Malaysia and says he has been going back to basics to learn the bike.

At the first Sepang test Crutchlow finished 11th, 1.669s off the top time of Marquez, with Redding in 17th, 2.396s down on the reigning MotoGP World Champion.

"The bike is very forceful and a lot more powerful," Redding said. "With this bike and after six, seven laps with it you can really feel it. I'm still finding the bike a little unpredictable, coming out of corners and thinking 'what was that, what is going on now?' This Honda has the power to spin out on white lines when last year it didn't.

"With the Honda it is about getting it to stay right and to stay fast. I've had to change so much and the limit is much higher when before I already felt I was on the limit. I'm trying to learn to get to that limit and be within my comfort zone.

"Marquez is there already because he has had the time but in the beginning he was crashing a lot. Now he can find the limit and bang in a hot lap in qualifying whenever he needs to, because he was pushing the limit all the time which is now comfortable for him."

The MotoGP teams return to Sepang for the second pre-season test on the 23-26 February.

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