Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 13 Nov 2014
Scott Redding is disappointed with the gap to the front after his first test with the factory Honda RC213V in Valencia.
Redding ended the three day test 14th on the time sheet with a fastest lap of 1’32.621, some 1.6 seconds off the pace set by World Champion Marc Marquez and slower than the Brit lapped on his production Honda RCV1000R in the weekend’s race.
It was always going to be a big ask for the 21-year-old to be on the pace immediately as he moved back to the Marc VDS squad with an entirely new crew for 2015.
“We don’t know where we are struggling and that’s what’s difficult as I can’t tell the guys where or how,” said Redding after the test. “I was trying to find people on track to see what the difference was because I felt pretty good but actually it wasn’t. The front was working well, the rear was working well but we were too low in the rear so we couldn’t put all the horsepower down to the ground, we were always wheelying so lost a lot of time through not using full potential of the bike.
“I expected to be a bit closer. I was faster on the open bike than I have been on this bike, which kind of sucks. In the last run I saw Dani and I understood why, as he exited the corner the bike hauled him out of it and that definitely wasn’t happening with me. It’s something to do with the bike set up, we need to try and get the power and bike balance in the right area. We have some work to do for Malaysia but with one bike we were short with time here.
“I was two seconds off most of today, it’s not acceptable. I expected to be maybe one second off but in the end it was 1.6 and that was really pushing my best. We need to make the bike work a bit better, I can see the problems we have so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue to fix.”
After his first run on the Bike on Monday, Redding told Bike Social he found it uncomfortable compared to the RCV1000R he’d raced this season. After a few changes by the team, Redding says at the end of the test comfort had been improved.
“I’m 90% comfortable on the bike now, the seat is really comfortable but the tank is quite difficult as it’s so short and thin. I did feel better in the end, we do need to modify the tank to make it a bit longer but apart from that it’s good. I’m a lot different to all the other Honda riders.”
Redding was riding Alvaro Bautista’s 2014 RC213V this week but for the Sepang test next February, the Marc VDS team will take delivery of two brand new 2015-spec factory bikes.