Former MotoGP rider and 2019 BSB champion Scott Redding concluded day one of WorldSBK testing at the Circuit World Marco Simoncelli in second place behind Pata Yamaha's Toprak Razgatlioglu, as both riders went faster than the 2015 race lap record set by Jonathan Rea.

With testing opportunities limited ahead of the new season, both Pata Yamaha and Aruba.it Ducati are using this two-day test to try new parts and gather as much information as possible ahead of the only official organised test in Barcelona next month.  

As expected, Redding was on the pace throughout much of day one in Misano, finishing less than two tenths behind Razgatlioglu and a further two tenths ahead of new team-mate Michael Ruben-Rinaldi. 

Speaking after being back on track with the Aruba.it Ducati Racing team, Redding said: "It was good to have blue skies for most of the day, and good temperature.

"The wind was a little bit cold but you can’t complain with the weather conditions. I was happy to be back on my Aruba.it Ducati bike to get the feeling again for pushing. I always miss that feeling. 

"Today was a little shakedown to understand a few things and also for myself to get a good feeling with the bike, so I’m really happy."

After testing a lot of new parts and continuing to push the development on day one in the aim of challenging Kawasaki on a consistent basis in 2021, Redding wants to have more continuity on the final day, so that he can help bring more to the table.  

Redding added: "Honestly I just want to ride for myself as we always change a lot of things on the bike for development because we need to do that as soon as possible, but there also needs to be a time where I can ride the same bike at least three times in a row.

"Always when you change between bikes it is good for performance, but I feel sometimes I can bring more to the table by understanding the bike and the different things with the Superbike to go faster.

"So tomorrow that will be the main focus and we will try a couple of things to improve, but I want to ride for me."

 

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