MotoGP – Redding makes a flying start at a wet Phillip Island

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A rejuvenated Scott Redding is clearly enjoying on board the Ducati Desmosedici after posting the fourth fastest time on his first day of testing at the Phillip Island circuit.

In a day marked by bad weather with rain that has continuously alternating the sun without giving reference points to the team, Redding spent the morning session familiarising himself with the Michelin wet tyres before switching to racing clikcs as the track dried out.

He ended the day in an impressive fourth place after posting a time of 1:32.864.

The Brit said: “I did 41 laps but were not all that useful. We have done a good workout in the rain and we did a few laps in the dry. All thing considered we did two things we wanted to do although I would have liked to have more continuity instead of entering and leaving the pits because of the rain.

“The lap time was OK since we are still working on the bike and the conditions found today were not exactly the best. Rain tyres? I had a good feeling. The only problem for me was with aquaplaning because I somehow lost grip with the rear. But I must say that the feelings on the behavior of the new tyres is good.”

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