Scott Redding makes progress in Catalunya

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Scott Redding said he was delighted with his progress on the second day of Moto2 testing at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona.

Unable to complete any meaningful testing on a weather-hit opening day, Redding made the most of vastly improved conditions yesterday to clock a best time of 1.51.2.

That left the British rider in a respectable 15th place as he continued to adapt to the Marc VDS Racing squad and its Suter MMX machine.

The 17-year-old, still the youngest ever winner of a Grand Prix race, focussed mainly on suspension and chassis changes on day two.

Despite losing time with a mechanical issue late in the day, Redding’s final ten lap run saw him shave more than a second off his previous best lap time as his confidence in the set-up of the bike improved.

Redding, who is currently using a Honda CBR600RR engine that former Blusens Aprilia GP team-mate Eugene Laverty campaigned in World Supersport last season, said: “We’ve made some big steps forward with the bike.

“On the first day there was a definite lack of feedback from the bike, especially out of the turns on the edge of the tyre but, after working through a number of chassis, suspension and tyre options, the feeling is much improved.

“Better feedback equals more confidence, which was why I was able to push harder for a better lap time.

“We did suffer a little with chatter, but I’m pretty confident we can overcome this with a little more track time.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt