Scott Redding doesn’t feel he made best use of the quickest track conditions at Sepang on Tuesday despite finishing within a second of pacesetter Marc Marquez. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider was thirteenth quickest but just 0.918s off the leader and the Briton expects that gap to keep closing as he continues his learning process with the Honda RC213V.
“We struggled for most of the morning, during the time when the track conditions were at their best, as we couldn’t get the tyre to work for us. When we switched tyres then the lap time came immediately, so I guess we were just unlucky with that particular tyre. I’m still learning; changing the set up a little to try and get more feeling from the front, because I’m starting to push the front more now I’m going faster. I was quicker today than I was at the last test, even though the track conditions aren’t as good, and I’m less than a second off the fastest guys, so I’m happy with that. Every lap gives me a better understanding of the bike; a lot of these guys have more experience on the bike, so they know what to expect, but I’m still on a steep learning curve with the Honda RC213V. We have a target, but I don’t want to get fixated on the lap time, for me it’s better to continue the learning process here in Sepang.”
Team Principal Michael Bartholemy also saw the signs today that Redding is progressing and has high hopes heading into tomorrow’s final day.
“Scott made another step forward today with the bike, improving his lap time to finish the day less than a second from the top of the timesheet for the first time. Without the tyre issue this morning I think it was possible for him to close the gap even further, but getting to within half a second of a top three position shows our approach is paying dividends. Both Scott and the team are on a steep learning curve, but I’m happy with the speed at which we’re progressing and I’m looking forward to a further improvement during tomorrow’s third and final day of testing here at Sepang.”