Positive Jerez test for Redding
Jerez, Spain – 4 May 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Scott Redding completed 105 laps of the Jerez circuit during today’s MotoGP test, which he declared a positive one after improving both his pace and consistency compared to yesterday’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Redding was out as soon as the track opened this morning, putting in two long runs using the same settings with which he finished the race yesterday. A better feeling with the front meant that the 22-year-old Briton rediscovered the confidence that was lacking this weekend and he gained even more confidence as his lap time continued to improve.
The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider also made some changes to his positioning on the bike, giving him the freedom to more easily move his bodyweight to counter both braking and acceleration forces. The result was that Redding’s typically aggressive riding style was smoothed out, which led to more consistency in his lap times.
Redding now heads to Le Mans for the French Grand Prix in a positive frame of mind, having eliminated most of the issues that had plagued him throughout the Jerez race weekend.
Scott Redding: 8th – 1’39.370
“It’s been a long test, but a good one! Testing is always tough straight after a race weekend, but we kicked off with two runs of ten laps, because I needed to rediscover the feeling with the bike. Straight out of the box it was better; especially the front. We didn’t change so much today, only my position on the bike really, but it made a difference. I was able to move around the bike more easily and load the front tyre and it’s all about loading the front tyre. Go hard into the turn and it’s all good, but go slow and you don’t make the corner. It’s all a bit back to front, but that’s what test days are for, finding these things out. Overall it’s been a positive test and I leave the circuit tonight much happier than I left it yesterday.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“After the disappointment of the weekend, today has been far more positive. Scott has done a good job here today. We basically changed very little on the bike, so the improvement has come from him. He’s faster than in the race yesterday, yes, but more importantly he’s also more consistent with his lap times, with none of the peaks and troughs we’ve seen previously. He’s worked to adapt his riding style, to rider smoother, and that has also had a positive result. Scott learnt a lot today, about himself and about the bike and he heads into the next race in France in a far more positive frame of mind than he was immediately after the race yesterday.”