Scott Redding has enjoyed another productive day in Qatar, improving his lap time by more than three tenths to finish within a second of the fastest time of the day.
Redding spent the early part of the second day of testing evaluating how changes to set up and his riding style impacted on lap times at the 5.38km Losail International Circuit, before moving on to do a race simulation later in the evening.
The 22-year-old Briton posted his fastest lap in the penultimate hour of the test, with his time of 1’55.803 putting him 13th on the timesheet but just 0.896s off the time of Andrea Dovizioso as the final session drew to a close.
Redding is confident of making further improvements tomorrow, when he returns to the Losail International Circuit for the third and final day of testing. He said: “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. 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, was confident the bike could go even quicker. He said: “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.”