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Jerez MotoGP Test: 'Positive’ end to poor weekend for Redding

“Scott learnt a lot today, about himself and about the bike”
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.

“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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May 05, 2015 5:32 PM

Not a fan of Redding, but before i get bashed, I think he's got an uphill battle. Yes he has the uber bitchen factory Honda, but he has a brand new inexperienced team helping guide an inexperienced motogp rider. Performance these days has become increasingly dependent on a good setup. Without it, even the best riders are going to be behind the 8 ball.


May 05, 2015 10:12 AM

owlockey After all the pre-season trash talk from a lot of posters Redding should be ahead of Cal because apparently Cal hasn't the ability...It's funny how now people say Top 10 is acceptable for Redding....He should be fighting Pol, Cal, Smith and the Ducati's every round for what is 4th at the minute without Pedrosa...

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