Scott Redding makes progress in Catalunya
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.”