News 28 Nov 2015

Redding tops MotoGP timesheets as Jerez test closes

New Pramac Ducati signing quickly adjusts to 2016 GP15 package.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Scott Redding’s quick transition to the Octo Pramac Ducati continued on day three of testing at Jerez in Spain Friday, improving upon his qualifying time from this year’s MotoGP round by a full second on board the GP15.

During the Valencia tests Redding was one of the few riders to test both the new Michelin tyres and new electronics at the same time, putting the Brit in a great position entering Jerez for two days of testing alongside the factory Ducati team.

Having a solid knowledge of the GP15 in 2016 trim, Redding was able to focus on fine-tuning the bike and finding the critical extra tenths of a second. A 1m38.9s was Redding’s best time, going a full second faster than his qualifying time on the Honda earlier in the year and getting within 0.2s of Jorge Lorenzo’s (Movistar Yamaha) best race lap.

“We did very well in these two days as we were able to lower the lap time by more than a second,” Redding said. “The feeling grows run after run and also with the tyres things are going well. I feel I have a lot of confidence with the bike. We worked on the weight distribution finding a good pace. I am very satisfied with these tests and I look forward to going to Malaysia.”

This was just Redding’s second time on the Ducati GP15 and shows the potential within himself on the Ducati after a difficult 2015 campaign. His lap was faster than Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and teammate Danilo Petrucci on Friday.

Redding’s fastest time came on a set of new Michelin tyres, teammate Danilo Petrucci focused mostly on long runs. Everyone involved leaves the test incredibly pleased with what they achieved and are eager to get back out on track in early February at Sepang.