Following their first working experience together for the Marc VDS Racing Team, Pete Benson’s evaluation of the test last week at the Circuit de Catalunya was that it had been a “productive few days” for Scott Redding.
The British teenager rode the Suter chassis he will race in the 2010 Moto2 season for the first time at Montmeló, and Benson was satisfied with what was achieved despite difficult weather conditions.
“It’s been quite productive, it’s been our first few days that we’ve worked together and the first few days with the bike, which was only put together last week,” Benson told motogp.com. “The weather hasn’t really been good and the first day was half wet and half dry, but yesterday (Thursday) was pretty good and Scott got out and did a few laps. Really it’s just a matter of understanding him and the bike, and just trying to work out the plan for Valencia really, so it’s gone okay so far.”
Montmeló raised some small issues for working on at Valencia, where Scott and the other Moto2 participants will be provided with the official Honda engines to be used in 2010.
Benson continued: “We have found a few areas we need to look at but it’s really more Scott getting used to the bike at the moment. He needs to keep going out and making decent long runs and we have a couple of things planned for Valencia, so if the weather is good there we can try them – just chassis settings to make Scott a little bit more comfortable on the bike. There’s a little bit of chatter that he’s not really happy with and we have to work on that. That’s probably the biggest single thing: trying to get rid of that.”
Benson, who brings his vast experience from working in MotoGP to Moto2 for 2010, says there is a big difference between the new intermediate category and the premier class.
“So far it has been very relaxed,” he said. “It’s a lot different; there are no electronics, no engine tuning, no gear-box ratios – this is a lot simpler. But in saying that you are really going to have to be very, very sharp on your chassis set-ups and things like that, because that’s the only thing which is going to make a difference between the bikes.”
Aside from the experienced Benson, Scott will also have Valentino Rossi’s Öhlins suspension technician Mike Norton working with him in 2010.
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