Jerez test confirms Redding's good form

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marc vds racing on jerez test
Monday, 20 February 2012

Redding and Kallio of the Marc VDS Racing Team successfully completed three days of testing at the Jerez circuit in Southern Spain, with Redding again one of the fastest in the intermediate category at the second Test of the preseason.

After his outstanding performance at the last test in Valencia, where he dominated the first two days and paced faster than the lap record, Scott Redding continued his momentum and was again among the fastest in the Moto2™ field at the test at the circuit in Jerez de la Frontera. The Briton and his crew worked to further refine the set-up of their Kalex Moto2 machine during the opening day of testing, with the work paying dividends on day two, as the 19-year-old British rider bettered by half a secondthe outright lap record set by Stefan Bradl during qualifying for the 2011 Spanish Grand Prix.

Redding had a minor crash at the right-hand turn five towards the end of the third and final day, after losing the front while pushing for another fast lap, but declared himself happy with both his pace and consistency during the three days at Jerez. His best time of '1'42.2, reported by his team in the absence of official timing, equaled the times of both Claudio Corti and Takaaki Nakagami, who topped the times on Saturday.

"It was difficult to get a feel for the level of grip on day one, and it wasn't much better on day two and three to be honest. But I was able to get plenty of laps in, 236 in total, and I'm pretty pleased with the fact that I was consistently quick on the last two days. The bike continues to improve and we're certainly getting a lot more from the tyres than we did last season, so it's all good. Now we've got a break of more than a month before we return to Jerez for the last test. That's going to drag a bit!" declared Redding after three days of testing on the Andalusian track.

Meanwhile, Mika Kallio and his crew spent the three days at Jerez working to improve the Finnish rider's feeling with the Kalex Moto2 machine that they will campaign this season. Their hard work paid off on Saturday, with Kallio posting his best lap of the test, a 1’42.8, during a race simulation in which every lap was within a few tenths of his fastest time.

"Today marks the end of another successful three-day test for the Marc VDS Racing Team," said team manager Michael Bartholemy. "Both riders achieved their goals and Scott was again one of the fastest riders. But more important is the fact that both riders were able to lap consistently within two or three tenths of their fastest lap, which is something we were missing last season. The tyre situation is also much improved compared to last year, with both riders able to maintain their lap times right to the end of their race simulation runs. It's early days yet, with the first race still over six weeks away, but we are definitely heading in the right direction."

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