Encouraging start to German weekend for Redding
Sachsenring, Germany – 10 July 2015: The opening day of the German Grand Prix has given Scott Redding plenty of reasons to feel encouraged, after he set the eighth fastest time. Redding was half a second slower than Marc Marquez but looked comfortable on his Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda.
Having endured a turbulent season thus far it was important for the 22-year-old to have a solid start to the weekend. He was third in this morning’s session, with his fastest time set on tyres that had already completed 23 laps.
In the afternoon the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider was three thousands of a second slower than in FP1 but, with track conditions very similar, few of the front runners made significant steps forward with their pace. Instead Redding focused on longer stints and closed the session with a 12-lap run that was both fast and consistent.
With an improved feeling from the bike the longer runs felt much more comfortable for Redding, who feels the key to further improvement is to work on fine tuning the setting rather than looking for major changes.
Scott Redding: 8th – 1’22.167
“I'm quite happy with how it's been going. I can do longer runs with the bike and I'm not really fighting with it; it seems a little bit easier this weekend. I'm not sure if it's the circuit layout that's helping me but I feel comfortable and the bike doesn't feel as heavy. We've got a few things that we need to work on. It's more with the front end because, while we have some spin from the rear, it's similar for everyone. Through two corners I have quite a bit of bouncing from the front but in general I feel much better on the bike.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“I always worry about coming to the Sachsenring because it has been a difficult track in the past but this morning Scott was impressive, posting the third fastest time on used tyres. This afternoon we did almost the exact same lap time as this morning and with Marc Marquez only improving by one tenth I think that we are in a good range. I hope that tomorrow in FP3 we can be inside the top ten. If we can go straight into Q2 then that would be good and completely different to the last few weekends.”