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Matthew Birt  says:

Scott Redding ninth as Moto2 pre-season kicks off

British rider Scott Redding kicked off his 2011 Moto2 preparations in Valencia yesterday by posting the ninth best lap in sunny but cool conditions. The Marc VDS Racing rider logged an unofficial best time of 1.37.4 to edge out new team-mate Mika Kallio by just 0.1s. The 18-year-old set the same time as former Pramac Ducati MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro as the...

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Minty Fresh

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Minty Fresh says:

S'all good!!

I'm certain that he will get the lap times when it matters!! come race day he will be right up there!!!

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mattleon

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mattleon says:

Over rated...

He's a good rider yes but imo massively over rated.. Iv got more chance of walking through my front to find Cheryl Tweedy naked on my stairs screaming give me the good stuff than Scott Reading winning the Moto2 championship this season. Ok at some tracks he'll be up there (ish) but he'll be lucky to break the top 5 in my opinion. Hope he does well but then I hoped England would do well in the world cup too

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ifbutsandmaybes

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Mattleon your the man!!!!

You are a Walter Mitty arm chair sitter who thinks he has an understanding of bike racing. Your right he may not win it but there are 6 from 40 riders that could win and he has to be one of the 6. Where have you been for the past 3 years?? If you thought England could win the World Cup, I rest my case.

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jamieg999

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jamieg999 says:

mattleon

Opinion taken but I sense it may get you shot around here. Of all our GP boys he is the one at the moment, it was Bradley until the, in my opinion, misjudged choice to stay another  year in 125's. I can see Bradleys reasons but I said at the time that he'll be a year behind Moto2 even if he wins the title.

Back to young Mr Redding though, he's certainly got speed and aggression, his racecraft will develop but who can question the guts of a fella who came out of the sad Imola incident like he did? Not me that's for sure. On top of that he's a very down to earth likeable lad which to me makes him more complete than others (at the moment).

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adrenalin

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adrenalin says:

These times are pretty meaningless because nobody has access to the 'official' Moto2 Honda engines yet.

This means that we don't know the spec of any of the teams motors at this test. Some could be stock CBR600 while others could be Supersportspec (or anywhere in between).   There are also some pretty quick riders who are not at this test (Sofuoglu for one) or whose times haven't been shown. Not all the bikes testing had transponders fitted apparently, so some times were not even taken (which seems a bit amateur for a world championship test to me!). 

What it does show though is that it will once agin be really close between the top 12-15 riders come race day and I'm sure Scott Redding (note the spelling mattleon!) will be up there with the leaders.  Bradley Smith will take half a season at least to get into the swing of this class I think, but will be up there next year for sure. 

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TheCelticHound

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SUPER DETERMINATION

Firstly Scott is bloody fast which is the first requirement in any racer. He is such a determined character that he would fight with his own shadow so lack of commitment will not be an issue here. Moto 2  is so close that invariably there is so little separating the top 10 qualifying times on the grid. I think he has an outstanding chance of running at the pointy end and he absolutely loves a fight. Ciao

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Evs7

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Evs7 says:

Superstar

The lad is amazing... after a tricky start to the season when he adapted to the new bike, I would have to say that Scott finished the season as the most consistent rider in Moto2, which is quite something to say in a field that was filled by ex-MotoGP stars (De Angelis, Elias, Canepa) experienced and hardened 250cc riders and supersport specialist moving from other categories.

To be consistently on the front row of the grid and constantly running in the front five in the races. It does make me wonder if some times we do expect too much from people. They are forty other riders on the grid, and funnily enough only one rider can win the race. He's only 17. If he spent the next three years in Moto2 and at some stage won it then he could progress to MotoGP at 20. I would say that he would then have plenty of time to make a impact in the top category.

Lets get behind these young lads.

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TwoSkoops

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TwoSkoops says:

his form...

at the end of last year speaks for itself - was it 6 consecutive front row starts and 2 podiums?  If he can start as strong as that and maintain it throughout the season then he's got to be in with a shout of finishing top 5.  Anyone that discounts the lad (although entitled to their opinion) is talking utter tripe as far as i'm concerned and I think ducati would agree who have said they've got their eye on him.

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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

regardless of engine spec

Christ they're only warm CBR's - dish 'em out Honda! I think this timesheet is pretty indicative of the form book for the season (Sofuoglu's absence notwithstanding). All the major title contenders are within a second of each other. Redding right in the thick of it where he'll be all year. Smith with a mountain to climb. Top draw 125 graduate class like Marquez already on the money at only 0.4 away from Iannone and de Angelis.

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Dave Tuplin

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Dave Tuplin says:

Suter

Looking at the MotoGP site it appears that either there are a hell of alot of Suters on the Grid or they are the chassis to be on.

The Tech3 bike wasn't the strongest last year either, plus only the first day of testing so I think Smith might improve, it was still a solid showing. Promising day for Redding who will probably be top 5 before the end of the test. Marquez showing some of his natural speed.

Although when all is said and done it's all rather specualtive as pressing a button on a stop watch is not as accurate to a proper transponder (obviously!).

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