Positive opening day for Redding at Misano
Misano, Italy – 11 September 2015: Scott Redding made a solid start to the San Marino Grand Prix weekend, finishing both free practice sessions in 11th place and ending the day within a second of Jorge Lorenzo’s lap record setting pace.
It was another boost to Redding’s confidence, with the 22-year-old Briton building on his impressive form last time out at Silverstone, as he continues to get to grips with the Honda RC213V. Although pleased with his pace today, Redding will work tomorrow on finding more edge grip to assist with turning the bike in the slower, more technical corners for which the Misano circuit is renowned.
Redding will target the top ten and an automatic place in QP2 when he rolls out for the all-important FP3 session tomorrow morning. With the bike set up almost identical to that of Silverstone, the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider is confident that a few small changes will bring the extra few tenths he needs tomorrow.
Scott Redding: 11th 1’33.808
“It was a strange day because I feel good with the bike but there's a lot of small areas that we need to improve. It's not really about the feeling with the bike; it's more about finding improvements in the lap time. This will come not with one big change, but a series of small changes so this will be our focus in FP3 tomorrow. We will also give the hard rear tyre a go, which could also bring an improvement. The surface is different to last year here, so it's taken me a little bit of time to get used to that, but it's the same for everybody and already we can see that there is more grip available now.”
Chris Pike: Chief Engineer
“Overall today was a good start to the weekend here at Misano. We need to find a little more edge grip at full lean angle, as that's the area that Scott feels like he's losing out a little bit, especially in the slower corners. That means that the bike is also not turning as well as we would like it to. It's an area that we need to improve on but one good thing is that the bike is almost exactly the same as it was at Silverstone, other than slightly stiffer fork springs, which means that we're homing in on a better base setting for Scott.”