The second day of testing at Sepang proved a positive one for Scott Redding as the British hotshot improved his pace to finish the day 13th and less than a second off the fastest time.
Redding struggled initially to get the rear tyre working for him this morning, when track conditions were at their best for fast lap times, but the 22-year-old Briton was immediately back on the pace following a tyre change on his Marc VDS factory Honda RC213V.
Together with his crew Redding focussed today on refining set up to improve feedback from the front tyre, giving him more confidence as his pace increased. This work was rewarded with Redding’s fastest lap time of the test so far, which placed him just 0.5s off a top three position at the end of the day.
Redding, who finished the day in 13th place after posting a lap time of 2.00.762, said: “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 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.”