Scott Redding showed why he is a favourite for the Moto2 title by finishing day one of the first official Moto2 tests at Valencia in fourth place.
The new 215kg minimum weight limit for the combined weight of bike and rider should help Redding this year compared to the whipper snappers that make up the class. He’s also staying on the same Kalex bike he campaigned in 2012 and has been on an intensive winter training programme.
Before the test Redding said: “"I've been working hard over the winter, because I feel like I need to be prepared for the first race more than any this season. I was out in Spain for a month doing a lot of training, not just in the gym or on the bicycle, but also on my MX and Supermoto bikes. I also spent some time in Austria doing some core training and working on my mental and physical approach, just so everything is 100% when I get on the bike for the first time next week. My main goal for this season is to be in the battle for the championship, and I need to start the process with two good tests in Valencia and Jerez, before returning to Jerez for the final test in March."
Moto 2 Brit rookies Kyle Smith and Danny Kent got off to a slow start with 27th and 28th respectively as they adapted to new bikes and new teams.
1 18 Nico TEROL, SUTER 1:35.926
2 60 Julian SIMON, KALEX 1:35.951
3 40 Pol ESPARGARO, PONS KALEX 1:36.106
4 45 Scott REDDING, KALEX 1:36.337
5 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI. KALEX 1:36.443
6 3 Simone CORSI, SPEED UP 1:36.444
7 81 Jordi TORRES, SUTER 1:36.457
8 80 Esteve RABAT, PONS KALEX 1:36.531
9 12 Thomas LUTHI, SUTER 1:36.629
10 24 Toni ELIAS, KALEX 1:36.852
Brits: Kyle Smith 27th place Danny Kent, 28th place