Top ten for Redding on opening day in Jerez
Jerez, Spain – 1 May 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS MotoGP rider Scott Redding made a positive start to the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez, finishing both of today’s free practice sessions inside the top ten.
Redding received updated chassis components ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix and the 22-year-old Briton was quick to adapt to the revised bike during this morning’s first 45-minute free practice, finishing just 0.7s off the fastest time of the session.
The track temperature had risen considerably ahead of this afternoon’s second free practice and, with grip levels dropping, Redding was unable to improve upon his time from this morning, which was still quick enough to secure him tenth place on combined times.
Scott Redding: 10th – 1’40.145
“My feeling with the bike is quite good, but we’re struggling to find the time we need to progress up the timesheet and we don’t really know why at the moment. The bike is working well under braking and on corner entry, but it feels like we just lose a little bit when I first touch the throttle with the rear spinning. We’re trying to find a solution for this ready for tomorrow, but the feeling with the new chassis is already good and we just need to make small improvements for the lap time now. Overall it’s been a positive first day, but we need to continue working hard tomorrow to make sure we go straight through to Q2.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“I’m pleased with the progress Scott has made with the new chassis today. I was expecting it to take him more than a couple of sessions to adapt, but the process was very quick. This may not be reflected in his position on the timesheet, but he’s closed the gap to the front guys, so it’s all fairly positive. There is still some work for the team to do, as we need to ensure Scott has a set up for FP3 capable of putting him straight into Q2 again, but I’m confident we’ll see further improvements tomorrow, once we’ve had a chance to look through today’s data.”