Scott Redding left this week’s weather-hit Jerez Moto2 test full of confidence after an impressive performance in wet and dry conditions.
The British rider was third quickest on the only dry day of the test and impressively fast inside the top six in wet conditions that dominated the first and opening day of the second pre-season test session.
The Marc VDS Racing rider, who is hotly fancied to mount a serious title challenge in 2013, told MCN: “It has been good to have some wet track time as well because sometimes last year I had an issue riding in the rain.
"Last year in the rain it felt like I had no grip at some tracks. It was more of a confidence thing in the early part of the race. If I could feel there was decent grip from the off I’d be comfortable and work with the bike and we have been working on improving that this week.
"We managed to test a few things to try and help with the rear grip and I’m pretty satisfied with the progress made. I always said the Valencia test was just about me settling back into it and then I wanted to get closer to the top at every test.
"It looks like (Pol) Espargaro has been on his level for a while and I’m slowly but surely cutting that gap.”
Find out who Redding believes will be his main challenges for the 2013 Moto2 world title in the February 27 issue of Motor Cycle News.