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2010 so far with Benson and Redding

2010 so far with Benson and Redding

Marc VDS Racing team rider and chief mechanic give their assessments of the young Brit’s first season to date in the new Moto2 class.

The private Moto2 test at Motorland Aragón last week provided teams and riders not only with the chance to scope out a venue they will race at in September, but also to take stock of the 2010 campaign to date.

For British rider Scott Redding the season so far has been one in which he and his team have learned a great deal, with a high of fourth place in his home GP at Silverstone a reward for the progress which is being made.

“It’s been good… a learning curve for both of us. When we’ve gone to places where Scott’s had good traction and grip he’s gone really well, when it’s been hot we’ve struggled. So it’s what we’ve been working on lately,” explained Redding’s chief mechanic Pete Benson to motogp.com.

“Britain was really good, it’s his home race so he was really ready to go there and did a really good job. The non-finish in Barcelona was the worst result for us by a long way, and we’ve been concentrating on making sure we don’t have the same problem again.”

The opportunity to spend two days fine tuning the set-up of the Suter MMX on the Aragón layout was a valuable one, as discussed by Benson.

“It’s a great race track which has a little bit of everything. It’s quite technical and a place where you have to spend a bit of time getting your lines right, there are a few tricky off-camber corners which are really good, so we’ll come back here knowing what to expect and we’ll have a really good base setting regardless of what the weather is like,” he said, before looking ahead to this weekend’s race at Sachsenring.

“That place depends an awful lot on the weather: it can be really hot and quite slippery there. If everything we have done in the Aragón test pays off then we will go to Sachsenring looking quite good.”

Redding’s assessment of the new Spanish track was also a highly positive one, and he added: “It’s nice and flowing and almost every braking is downhill… it’s a great circuit, very demanding. Hopefully we can get a good result here, we’ve been testing so there’s no reason why not and we will find out when we arrive for the GP in September.”

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Moto2, 2010, Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Team

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