Scott Redding believes this weekend's final pre-season test in Qatar will provide much clearer answers regarding his progress on the new Marc VDS Honda.

After two tests in Sepang, Redding is keen to take advantage of more consistent track conditions to unlock more from his factory spec RC213V.

The 22-year-old Briton, 16th and 1.580s from the best lap of world champion Marc Marquez after the Malaysian tests, is confident he can close the gap before returning to the Losail International Circuit for the first race of the 2015 season at the end of March.

"The track conditions were a limiting factor in Sepang, because they changed as the temperature rose throughout the day," Redding said. "It meant that it was difficult to judge progress from the lap time, because the track conditions were actually the biggest variable, not the set up or my riding style.

"In Qatar the situation will be different, with fairly consistent track conditions across the day - or night, as we'll be testing under floodlights - so the lap time will show clearly whether changes to set up or my riding style have had a positive or negative effect.

"Qatar is a very different track to Sepang, so we know we'll have to make some changes to the set up, which gives Chris Pike, my Chief Mechanic, the chance to learn a bit more about the bike. From my side I still need to work a bit on my riding style if I'm going to get the most from the bike. I'm looking forward to the test and I'm not too concerned about lap times, as I'm confident that they will come."

Team principal Michael Bartholemy added that the goal will be to finish the three days within one second of the top time.

"I'm confident that at this test we'll see [Scott] close the gap to his more experienced factory rivals, with the goal being to close to within a second of the fastest time."

Testing starts on Saturday.


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