Marc VDS rider, Scott Redding, declared himself satisfied with his progress after finishing inside the top ten on the opening day of the final pre-season test in Qatar.
Redding posted his best lap during the penultimate hour-long session, with a time of 1’56.112 leaving him just 0.847s off the fastest time of the day, set by Andrea Iannone.
More importantly, the 22-year-old Briton ended the day just over half a second behind reigning MotoGP World Champion, Marc Marquez, who was third on the timesheet and the fastest of the riders without access to the softer option tyre.
Redding stopped testing with 30 minutes of the final session left to run, as condensation on track made conditions tricky, but expects to improve further tomorrow.
Redding, who finished the day in tenth place, said: “I’m happy with today, mainly because we didn’t really change much on the bike at all, other then throwing tyres and fuel into it. I felt comfortable on the bike from the start today and that helped to build my confidence, which is the most important thing. I’m going faster, closing on the guys at the top of the timesheet, so we’re coming across things that we can improve with the bike. Even so, I still feel I’ve got a few tenths in my pocket, especially as we spent today on the harder tyre. We won’t make any big changes for tomorrow, other than to try a couple of setting changes so Chris and me can see how the bike reacts. Overall today has been a pretty solid start to the test.”