Scott Redding took encouragement from his performance on the second day of the Losail pre-season test despite finishing down in thirteenth. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider was especially encouraged by the gap between himself and the other Honda RC213V riders, with Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow just three tenths ahead in sixth and seventh respectively.
“We made another step forward today and we’re a little bit closer to the front runners; not the Ducatis, but certainly to the other Hondas”, the Briton commented. “This was our target, to bring the gap down, so I’m pretty happy with that. We also did a longer run today; we don’t quite have the lap time to do a blistering race pace just yet, but we did get to check a couple of things, like tyre endurance, riding style and fuel consumption. The long run was done on the softer option tyre and, now we’re going a bit faster, the tyre is starting to work better for me. Overall it’s been another productive day.”
Redding’s chief engineer Chris Pike echoed the comments of his rider and expects his lap time to drop still further on the final day on Monday.
“We’re making progress and that can be seen on the timesheet. The Ducati may have gone a bit faster today, but we’ve closed the gap to Marc Marquez and the other Hondas, which is a step forward for us. The changes we made to the bike today brought positive comments from Scott and we’re now finding a decent base set up. Tomorrow we’ll continue working in the same way and I’m confident we can improve further.”