Scott Redding is hopeful of making up more ground on the leading riders this weekend at Jerez thanks to an updated Honda RC213V chassis. The Briton has made steady progress in 2015, showing flashes of real promise, but his ninth place finish in Argentina is the best result so far and Redding hopes the upgrades to his machine will enable him to fight closer to the front.
“Argentina was a bit like Texas, as we had the speed but we still need to find a few things with the bike that work for me and work consistently. We will receive updated chassis parts in Jerez, so this should help us make the next step, but we also return to Europe with more experience of the bike and a clear direction in which to go in with regards to set up. The priority is to improve my feeling from the front, to give me more confidence. We’ve made a lot of progress in this area since the start of the season and we just need to continue in the same way. The goal for Jerez is simply to carry on improving and to try and close the gap to the guys at the front.”
Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team principal Michael Bartholemy believes the potential is certainly there for Redding to compete with the leading satellite runners and is setting that as the aim for this weekend.
“The overseas races didn’t exactly go according to plan, but we saw before the crash in Austin that Scott had made a step forward with the bike and it was unfortunate that circumstances meant he wasn’t able to show this again in Argentina. Now we’re back in Europe, on more familiar territory and with an updated chassis that we’re confident will allow Scott to make further improvements. We have six races in just 11 weeks now and we need to start this run with a good result this weekend in Jerez.”