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Redding has top-five target for round two

Redding has top-five target for round two

The Marc VDS Racing Team rider completed a two-day Test in Italy on his Suter MMX chassis after the opening Moto2 race in Qatar, and believes he can achieve a strong result at Jerez.

Scott Redding is just as prepared as anyone to get back on track and continue the 2010 World Championship after an unexpected week off following the postponement of the round at Motegi until later in the year. The 17 year-old finished the opening Moto2 race of the season in Qatar in 23rd place, a result that was not to his liking.

Following the race at Losail the British rider and his team-mate Héctor Faubel went to the Mugello circuit in Italy for a two-day private test on their Suter machines, both with different schedules. For Redding the purpose was to concentrate on the set-up of his bike and evaluate development parts, and after a successful two days he is now in a confident mood ahead of the Gran Premio bwin de España.

"After the disappointment of Qatar I'm looking forward to getting to Jerez, especially after the successful test we had there back in March,” said Redding, who was fourth fastest at the final official pre-season meeting at the Andalusian circuit towards the end of March. “We know it's possible to get the bike working well around Jerez, as long as the track conditions aren't too different to those we had during the test.”

Pondering his prospects at Jerez in this weekend’s race, Redding stated: “I would say I'm fairly confident going into the second race of the season. A top ten finish is a realistic goal, but we should really be able to get into the top five if everything goes according to plan. However, as we saw in Qatar, things don't always go according to plan. Hopefully we'll have better luck in Jerez and we'll get the chance to show our true potential in the race."

For Faubel the two days in Italy were a valuable opportunity to continue his education on board the bike which he only rode for the first time in the opening practice session in Qatar.

“It gave me a chance to work again with my crew and to improve the communications between us. It is a pity we didn't race in Japan before heading for Jerez, as the additional kilometres on the race engine would have been good for me also,” said the Spaniard, who after placing 22nd at Losail is now looking forward to his home race.

“I like Jerez, it is a truly beautiful circuit and racing in front of my home crowd adds to my motivation to do well in this race. I'm still on a steep learning curve, but I am always positive and my own personal goal is to finish in the top ten, but I know this will be hard to achieve. We saw in Qatar just how competitive this Championship was and it will be no different in Jerez, where everyone else has had the benefit of testing at the circuit pre-season. I will be pushing hard for a good result, as always."

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Moto2, 2010, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Team

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