Scott Redding helped put a disappointing Spanish MotoGP weekend behind him with an encouraging performance during Monday's test at Jerez.

The young Englishman had been left 13th in the race as he struggled for front-end feeling with the Marc VDS factory class Honda.

Redding was out as soon as the track opened on Monday and went on to complete a massive 105 laps - almost four grand prix distances - improving on his best race lap by one-second for eighth on the timesheets.

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"It's been a long test, but a good one!" said Redding. "Testing is always tough straight after a race weekend, but we kicked off with two runs of ten laps, because I needed to rediscover the feeling with the bike.

"Straight out of the box it was better; especially the front. We didn't change so much today, only my position on the bike really, but it made a difference. I was able to move around the bike more easily and load the front tyre and it's all about loading the front tyre. Go hard into the turn and it's all good, but go slow and you don't make the corner.

"It's all a bit back to front, but that's what test days are for, finding these things out. Overall it's been a positive test and I leave the circuit tonight much happier than I left it yesterday."

Team principal Michael Bartholemy said that much of the improvement had come from the rider, rather than the machine.

"After the disappointment of the weekend, today has been far more positive. Scott has done a good job here today. We basically changed very little on the bike, so the improvement has come from him.

"He's faster than in the race yesterday, yes, but more importantly he's also more consistent with his lap times, with none of the peaks and troughs we've seen previously. He's worked to adapt his riding style, to rider smoother, and that has also had a positive result.

"Scott learnt a lot today, about himself and about the bike and he heads into the next race in France in a far more positive frame of mind than he was immediately after the race yesterday."

Redding was half-a-second slower than the fastest Honda rider, Cal Crutchlow.

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As mentioned, reading has a brand new INEXPERIENCED team. His engineer while very experienced, is a super bike guy. None of the crew have experience of the bike, tyres or brakes. Cals team have a lot of experience (albeit with Bradle last year) in a class where the difference is measured in fractions of a second or points of a percentage, this cannot be overlooked.

As the stats go, yes he is under performing. He KNOWS he should be higher up,as do the team. I am objective. At no point have I said he is doing a great job, because at the moment he isn't. You are failing to be objective as you can't seem to get over the effect the teams inexperience has. Moto2 is nothing like motogp in terms of complexity and set up. (Smiths experienced team took chunks off in the test with the right electrics setting and they know the bike very well) Galbusera still took most of the year to make rossi regularly competitive in a very experienced team. The team is a REASON for poor performance so far, not an EXCUSE. They will get there.

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Bryan277:

Unfair.

Galbusera joined a hugely experienced 9 times World Championship winning team with Rossi at the helm.

WSK Pike joined Moto2 runner-up Redding.

Where's the comparison?[\blockquote]

Keep things in PERSPECTIVE, and manage this discussion on Scott's Open bike results versus his factory bike results. In theory (and all things being equal in Scott's team....with a year of premier class experience), the better machinery should be yielding better results. That's the bottom line. Bradl ran up front. Bautista had his moments in the sun. Crutchlow is up front. Simo RIP ran with the lead pack. Redding ISN'T. He's back there piddling around with Open bikes on a factory supported Honda. [\blockquote]

Once again (yawn) all those mentioned had experienced teams. You just. Don't. Get. It...
The problem is all things are not equal (the team...)
I said earlier about Scott's open bike performance. With equal standing (no team had an

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matt liddy: His engineer while very experienced, is a super bike guy. [\blockquote]

So is Silvano Galbusera (for the most part). He spent the most recent years of his career in WSBK/WSS and he had no experience with the current GP tires or brakes either. Massimo Meregalli was even concerned when he said, "For sure he [Silvano] will need some time to adjust to MotoGP", but it has been demonstrated that he is obviously a talented Crew Chief, and his lack of experience isn't hindering his ability to assess and set up Rossi's bike. Don't make excuses for Redding AS A RIDER. [\blockquote]

The crew chief is inexperienced, but the rider, (9world titles) team (been around a little while) and factory are not. What a very poor comparison.
Must try harder With your trolling please.

Realist:
matt liddy:
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Comprehend what you're reading and try to be objective. Redding's team has been around awhile (albeit in M2), so they are NOT new to GP's in general, and they have access to factory data as well. It's not a poor comparison at all. I kept it simple. It's not trolling. Next to his peers Redding is under-performing. You can try to make excuses for it, but it is what it is. Even he knows that he is under-performing and has said it explicitly.....and so has his team. When SR was on the 213-RS Open bike, everybody exclaimed that he'd "be up front" if he had the factory bike, etc. etc., and used the bike as justification for his performance. He has the factory bike now (and a full year in GP), and he's still performing about the same. The excuses while on a good bike only last for so long before you have to start looking at the rider. That goes for anybody.[\blockquote]

As the stats go, yes. He is under performing. He fee