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Marc VDS gears up for Valencia test

Marc VDS gears up for Valencia test

Marc VDS Racing Team's Moto2™ riders, Scott Redding, Mika Kallio are raring to go after a long winter break as the pair head to the Valencia test tomorrow.

After his most successful season to date in 2012, Redding has been widely tipped as a championship contender this season. The 20-year-old Briton hasn't, however, allowed the pressure of expectations to affect him and has remained focussed on his winter training schedule, ahead of what he hopes will be a successful preseason test program.

Kallio is also keen to return to the track, having spent the winter break at home in Finland. The 30-year-old Finn will use the official preseason tests to adapt to the extra weight of his Kalex Moto2 machine, which has gained around 10kg as a result of the new for 2013 combined minimum weight limit in the intermediate class.

Scott Redding

"I've been working hard over the winter, because I feel like I need to be prepared for the first race more than any this season. I was out in Spain for a month doing a lot of training, not just in the gym or on the bicycle, but also on my MX and Supermoto bikes. I also spent some time in Austria doing some core training and working on my mental and physical approach, just so everything is 100% when I get on the bike for the first time next week. My main goal for this season is to be in the battle for the championship, and I need to start the process with two good tests in Valencia and Jerez this month, before returning to Jerez for the final test in March."

Mika Kallio

"Last year we switched bikes during the winter break, but this year we will continue with the Kalex, which makes things a lot easier. We already have a lot of data and a good base set-up, so we should be able to progress much quicker this time around. I'm happy to continue working with my new chief mechanic, Naoya Kaneko. He has a lot of experience and I hope that, together, we can find that last half second or so that we need. Like myself, he also doesn't think the additional weight this year is going to make a big difference, but we'll know for sure on Tuesday, when we finally put the winter break behind us and get the new season underway at Valencia."

Michael Bartholemy, Team Principal

"Here we go again! The winter break has got shorter every year, to the point where we're now working flat out from the last race of one season until the first test of the next. But it's time well spent, as we're going into this season better prepared than we've ever been. Scott is also in better shape than ever and determined to be up there and battling for the championship from the first race. The new combined minimum weight limit will make for a much more level playing field this season, and I'm confident that Scott will be a contender this season as a result. I'm also confident he's going to be pushed hard by Mika, whose confidence has increased significantly with the arrival of his new chief mechanic, Naoya Kaneko.”

Information courtesy of Marc VDS Racing Team.

Moto2, 2013, Scott Redding, Mika Kallio

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