Scott Redding is looking to build on a career-best seventh place finish as MotoGP moves to the Dutch round at Assen.
Having acquired a factory class RCV this season, Redding would no doubt have expected to match his highest Open Honda result long before round seven.
But it's been a tough learning curve for the 22-year-old and his Marc VDS team, making the Barcelona result a timely boost.
“While it's true that a lot of riders in front of Scott fell foul of the tricky conditions and crashed out of the race, what was more important was the fact that Scott significantly closed the gap to the leading Honda,” explained team principal Michael Bartholemy.
“Barcelona was one of my best races of the season so far and we need to build on that this weekend,” Redding confirmed. “Assen is one of my favourite circuits; it's quite fast and flowing with only a couple of tight corners, which should suit our bike better. The aim is to start the weekend strong and then, in the race, try to hold onto the second group for a bit longer.”
A thunderstorm then disrupted the post-race Barcelona test but also allowed Redding to do two runs on wet tyres. That could prove critical at Assen, where the weather forecast is for rain at some point on all three days of the race weekend.
“Last week we were complaining about limited track time after a thunderstorm disrupted the Barcelona test, but my feeling with the bike was good in the wet and that could be important this weekend at Assen, where the possibility of rain is always high,” Redding said.
Opening free practice starts on Thursday.