Scott Redding admits the build-up to the first pre-season has been disrupted by an injury sustained at the Superprestigio event in December. The Briton fractured his sternum in the Barcelona spectacular and has been going through intense training to ready himself for a return to action on board his 2015 Honda RC213V.
Redding will ride a factory-spec machine for Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS and expects to spend the upcoming four day test exploring the limits of the RC213V.
“The injury at the Superprestigio event meant I wasn’t able to start training properly until the second week in January, and it’s only in the last week or so I’ve been able to ride the Supermoto and MX bikes. It’s all good though, as I’ve been working hard with my personal trainer to make sure I’m ready for Sepang. The aim at the first test is for me and Chris Pike, my Chief Mechanic, to get a better feel for the factory Honda RC213V, not to immediately start chasing lap times. We need to understand the bike, and how changes to set up affect it, so that we know in which way we need to go if we have a problem during the limited practice time we get at races. If we can do that at the first test we can then focus on closing the gap to the frontrunners when we return to Malaysia at the end of February.”
Technical crew from the Belgian outfit have been spending time in Japan building up the motorcycles for Redding and Team Principal Michael Bartholemy expects both Redding and his equipment to be in great shape.
“The move up to MotoGP with factory specification machinery is a big step for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS. We are under no illusions as to how big a step it is, but we’ve spent the winter break working hard to ensure we hit the ground running in Malaysia and that we make maximum use of the limited pre-season testing time available. I know Scott has also been working hard on his fitness, to ensure that he’s ready for the challenge ahead. It’s a challenge that both the team and Scott are looking forward to taking on this season.”
The first Sepang test will start on Wednesday before coming to a close on Sunday 8th February.