Losail, Qatar - 29 March 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda rider Scott Redding gained valuable experience on his Honda RC213V debut in the season opening MotoGP encounter of 2015 in Qatar tonight.
Big set-up changes improved front-end feeling for Redding, but not sufficiently to allow the British rider to battle for the top ten finish he’d targeted in advance of the 22-lap race.
Redding finished at the front of a close four-rider battle to finish in 13th position and his crew will now conduct detailed analysis of the data gathered in Qatar to help the 22-year gain more confidence when the World Championship resumes at the spectacular Circuit of the Americas in Texas.
Scott Redding: 13th
“It was a tough race and certainly not where I expected to be finishing. The target was to finish inside the top 10, so I can’t be happy to be 13th. We are making steps in the right direction but not enough to bring us closer to our target. Turning is the biggest issue and we need to focus on that because I should be finishing much higher up on the package I am riding. We’ve collected a lot of data and I finished in the points, but it is clear there is plenty of room to improve.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“We can take plenty of positives from a difficult weekend here in Qatar. We are still learning how to find the best set-up for Scott with the Honda and while we are making small progress, we need to improve a lot to be more competitive. He scored points but clearly there is a big margin to improve because we need to be fighting close with the other satellite factory bikes. This is a completely new project and we just need time to show our true potential.”