Difficult opening day at Assen for Redding
Assen, The Netherlands – 25 June 2015: Scott Redding finished the opening day of practice at the Dutch TT in Assen 14th on the timesheet. The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider was just over a second off the pace, with most of the time being lost on the opening half of the lap.
Those two sectors will become the focus of the team's attention overnight with improvements needed if the 22-year-old Briton is to challenge for a spot in QP2 tomorrow. It has been a difficult campaign so far in 2015 but overall Redding once again felt that the bike was close to being as he needs it, with no major issues with regard to set up The only problem that he had in the session was a minor one with chatter in just two corners.
With rain threatening throughout the weekend it was a much more competitive opening day than usual, with all riders keen to set a fast time to finish inside the top ten. On his final stint of the day Redding was able to improve his times and move towards the top half of the timesheets, but further improvements will be needed tomorrow if he is to make it through to the QP2 shootout.
Scott Redding: 14th – 1’34.643
“I don't really know why we weren’t higher up the order because my feeling with the bike is pretty good, but the lap time doesn’t reflect that. It feels like the lap time should be there but it's not. We had a bit of chatter in a couple of corners but that’s not the issue. It doesn't feel bad in many areas. I'm losing a lot in the first sector and I don't know why, but at least we know where to look to find the time.”
Chris Pike: Chief Engineer
“Today was a tough day; tougher than we expected. We're still trying to work with the set up that we came up with in Barcelona, to try and get the bike to fit Scott a little better, so we're trying to find our way with that a little bit. We seem to be losing out a bit in sector one and also in sector two, which is quite a short sector, possibly as a result of our exit from turn five. We will focus on these two sectors overnight. As Scott says, at least we know where we need to look to find the time we’re missing at the moment.”