MotoGP™ rookie Scott Redding was in action again with the GO&FUN Honda Gresini team for a second day on Tuesday at the Valencia circuit, but his adaptation to riding the new RCV1000R has been restricted by pain in his injured left wrist.
The 20-year-old Briton fractured the radius in his left arm in a qualifying crash at Phillip Island in October and a subsequent heavy crash in the Motegi race a week later effectively ended his Moto2™ title challenge.
Redding is a mentally robust character and despite his title disappointment he has been upbeat in recent days, completing Sunday’s 27-lap Moto2™ race at Valencia in 15th place, before debuting on the new Gresini RCV1000R on Monday – putting in an additional 34 laps.
However, he was only able to lap 22 times on Tuesday, finishing the day towards the bottom of the timesheet after stopping early due to fatigue and pain.
He stated, "In the few laps I did manage we worked well and I can tell this is a professional team with competent and well prepared staff. We have started to work in a good way together and now I just want to focus on being ready for the winter tests in Malaysia."
"Today wasn't easy because I am still tired from the race and the amount of laps I did yesterday on a bike that has so much more power than I am used to, so we decided to finish early."
Team boss Fausto Gresini had some encouraging words for the English youngster, noting, "His first contact with the team has been positive and it's a real shame he hasn't been able to do many laps today because of his arm. Anyway, he had a good day yesterday and now he knows what MotoGP is all about, he has time to get fit again before we start our real work together at Sepang."