Redding: P2 time came from electronics improvements

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Scott Redding has put the impressive lap time that left him P2 overall at the final pre-season test of the winter down to continuing advances made by him and the Pramac Ducati squad with the control electronics system.

Working to fine tune the system on the final day of testing ahead of the opening race in two weeks’ time, Redding says the progress is what allowed him to push for the lap time that left him second only to reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo.

“Progress on the electrics is the main reason we were so fast on the used tyre. I did my fastest lap with fifteen laps on the tyre, which I’m happy with. We tried a couple of things with the chassis to help with my front end feeling too, and in general it was all good.”

And even with his new-found speed on old tyres, the former Moto2 runner-up says that there’s very little issues that they need to iron out ahead of the opening race under the floodlights in Qatar.

“The only problem is that the front creates a lot of movement from the tyre. It was only in my longer run that I understood how to change my style a bit to adapt to it. The team boxed me then, though, because I was playing around a bit with Iannone and I think they didn’t want me to lose my way a bit!”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer