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Redding: “We had a good base from the test here”

Redding: “We had a good base from the test here”

Scott Redding benefits from pre-season testing at Sepang as he ends Friday inside the top ten at the Malaysian GP.

Ending inside the top ten is always Scott Redding’s goal for a MotoGP™ World Championship weekend, the Brit starting the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix well in ninth. Although unable to improve his time in FP2, Redding’s 2’01.218 placed him ninth overall and ahead of many big names such as Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar).  The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider suffered a lack of front end feeling as temperatures rose in FP2, he and the team have set improving front feeling and rear tyre life as their main goal for the weekend. With rain forecast for tomorrow, finishing in the top ten was critical as it may very well cement Redding inside Q2.

With a total of 31 laps under his belt on the first day, Redding and the team have ample data to go through overnight to improve on their base setting from winter testing. Redding still feels there’s room to improve and will be working hard regardless of weather conditions tomorrow. In the past rain has treated the Brit well and seen him take some of his best premier class results. On the Open Honda in 2014 Redding achieved tenth in Malaysia and he is determined to improve on this result and have a strong final two races with his team before joining Pramac in 2016.

Scott Redding: “I'm pretty happy with today. This morning was good because we had a good base from the test here, but we still need to try some changes with the electronics. This afternoon was a little bit more difficult for me because the hotter temperature gave a greasy feeling with the front. It was not bad though and I feel quite comfortable with the bike so we just need to work a little bit more with the electronics for the tyre life. We'll work on these things for tomorrow and try and improve the lap time because it was a little bit more difficult with the hotter track temperature in the afternoon but, then again, it's the same for everybody."


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