Felice Monteleone – FMPhotoSport MotoGP News
Team Estrella Galicia 00 Marc VDS, Gran Premio Bwin de Espana – April 29th 2015
Redding eager to get European campaign underway
This weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez marks the start of a busy European campaign for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, with six races in the space of just 11 weeks.
Scott Redding returns to Europe determined to build on the improvements made during the three overseas races. The 22-year-old Briton currently lies 13th in the championship standings, but his race results in Qatar, Texas and Argentina don’t truly reflect the progress he has made with the factory Honda RC213V since the start of the season.
Redding will receive updated chassis parts in Jerez, which should allow the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider to make the next step and add consistency to the outright speed that was so evident during the Austin race weekend.
The Spanish Grand Prix, the first of four races on Spanish soil this season, is a firm favourite with the fans. The Jerez circuit sits within a natural amphitheatre, providing excellent viewing for the capacity crowd that the race often attracts.
A permanent fixture on the MotoGP calendar since 1987, Jerez features eight right turns and five lefts, with a number of fast changes of direction but relatively few hard braking points. In recent years the track has seen some legendary clashes, most of them at the all-important final corner.
“Argentina was a bit like Texas, as we had the speed but we still need to find a few things with the bike that work for me and work consistently. We will receive updated chassis parts in Jerez, so this should help us make the next step, but we also return to Europe with more experience of the bike and a clear direction in which to go in with regards to set up. The priority is to improve my feeling from the front, to give me more confidence. We’ve made a lot of progress in this area since the start of the season and we just need to continue in the same way. The goal for Jerez is simply to carry on improving and to try and close the gap to the guys at the front.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“The overseas races didn’t exactly go according to plan, but we saw before the crash in Austin that Scott had made a step forward with the bike and it was unfortunate that circumstances meant he wasn’t able to show this again in Argentina. Now we’re back in Europe, on more familiar territory and with an updated chassis that we’re confident will allow Scott to make further improvements. We have six races in just 11 weeks now and we need to start this run with a good result this weekend in Jerez.”