Marc VDS Moto2 riders Scott Redding and Mike Kallio got mileage on their new Kalex machinery during the three-day at Valencia last week.

Despite rain disrupting two of the days, both claimed to have very positive impressions of the German chassis. Marc VDS has used Suter frames for the past two seasons.

Redding recorded the third fastest lap time, on the opening day, which was also the first time the 18-year-old Briton had tested the Kalex Moto2 machine.

With track conditions deteriorating on the second and third day of the test, Redding switched his focus to refining a wet set-up on the bike and addressing some minor clutch issues.

"I'm really happy with the Kalex bike," said Redding, eighth in the b2010 championship but only 15th this year. "We changed very little during this test, basically I rode the bike as it was supplied, yet it felt good and the lap times on the first day came fairly easy.

"The bike is physically bigger, so I can get tucked in easier, and it turns in really well, which is a problem we've had in previous seasons. It's already competitive, but I know we can improve things further once we really get to work on the set-up. Although the weather here has been a bit hit and miss, overall the three days have been extremely positive for us."

Former MotoGP rider Kallio, now confirmed as staying with the Marc VDS for 2012, also enjoyed his first full test aboard the Kalex.

The 29-year-old Finn set the seventh fastest time on the opening day, but improved his lap time by half a second on the third and final day (when he was fourth quickest behind Gino Rea, Claudio Corti and Redding) despite tricky track conditions.

"Overall the three days of testing with the new bike were very positive, although we were a little unlucky with the weather," said Kallio, who took his first Moto2 rostrum in the Valencia finale.

"The first day was dry, but the second was a washout. This morning conditions weren't ideal either, as there were still damp patches on the track and there was little grip to be had after the rain. Even so, I managed to improve my lap time by half a second compared to the first day, before the rain returned and brought an early end to proceedings.

"It was a big improvement, a big step forward. I have a very positive feeling with the new Kalex bike. It was easy to ride and to find a good set-up. I'm looking forward to testing again next week at Jerez, where I hope we will be a little luckier with the weather."

Marc VDS president, Marc van der Straten, said that the Kalex switch is the biggest of several 'significant changes' for 2012.

"The team as a whole has worked extremely well during the 2011 season but, unfortunately, this wasn't reflected in the results," he began. "Scott and Mika are both capable of winning races in Moto2, but it seems there was something missing from the equation this season.

"While Scott and Mika will both stay with the team next year, we have made some significant changes in the Marc VDS pit box for 2012. The biggest of these being a switch to Kalex machinery, which we believe is better suited to both our riders.

"Equally important is the level of support we receive from Kalex, as this is critical in such a closely contested championship as Moto2. After an extremely successful first test with the Kalex Moto2 bikes here in Valencia, I am confident that we have made the right decisions with both our rider line up and our choice of machinery.

"Already I am looking forward to a much stronger championship challenge in 2012."

Redding will be attending the Motorcycle Live show at the Birmingham NEC, before heading to Jerez with Kallio to complete three final days of testing before the test ban comes into force on 1st December.



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