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Redding looking to capitalize on Jerez form

Redding looking to capitalize on Jerez form

British Moto2™ hopeful Scott Redding is confident that his strong pre-season form on the Marc VDS Kalex machine at the Andalucian circuit will reap yet another strong finish in the top six.

After having started his 2012 campaign in solid form with sixth place last time out in Qatar, in what was a fiercely contested race, Redding and his team are aiming for a repeat performance at this weekend´s Gran Premio bwin de España in Jerez. The Brit made the headlines in pre-season testing by topping the timesheets in two out of the three tests at the circuit.

Scott Redding:
"I went to Qatar looking for a top six finish, which I managed, so I'm pretty confident I can aim for the same or better this weekend. I suspect it will be tougher than in Qatar though. With the amount of testing we do at Jerez it's like everyone's home track, so I think the times at the front will be closer than ever. I had some chatter problems during preseason testing there, but we found a few things in Qatar that should help reduce this. I was pretty fast at both preseason tests and my times for the race simulations were consistent, so I'm fairly confident that a top five or six finish is a realistic goal this weekend."

The podium has so far eluded Redding at Jerez, not finishing higher than 16th in the Moto2™ class. He did however manage fourth in the 125cc category in 2009.

His team mate, Finn Mika Kallio, has enjoyed greater success at the track in the past, having won in the 250cc class in 2008, and placing a 2010 MotoGP™ machine in 7th - his best result of his two years competing in the top class. He is nonetheless looking to improve on his tenth place in Qatar:
"I think everyone was a little disappointed with Qatar; the result wasn't what we were expecting and we had quite a few problems over the course of the weekend. But we need to forget Qatar now and focus on this weekend's race. I was fourth fastest at the final preseason test at Jerez, so we know we have a good base set-up with which to start free practice on Friday. If I can qualify on the first two rows and then get away with the leading group in the race, then I think a top five finish should be well within our capabilities, or maybe even a podium. We will see."

Michael Bartholemy, Marc VDS Racing Team Principal is adamant that his riders can battle for a top five spot:
"We had our best start to the season for three years in Qatar, but that fact is tempered by the knowledge that with a better qualifying performance from Scott and Mika we could have finished the race even higher. Moto2 is such a competitive class that you can't afford to give your rivals even a small advantage, so qualifying is just one area we'll be focussing closely on this weekend in Jerez. We know we have a good set up for this track, where Scott and Mika were both fast and consistent during testing, so I hope to see them up at the sharp end in the race and battling for the top five finish they're both more than capable of."

Moto2, 2012, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPANA, Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Team

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