MotoGP top six ‘within reach’ for Aprilia’s Redding

Britain’s Scott Redding believes the getting inside the MotoGP top six is a reachable target in his first year with Aprilia as team-mate Aleix Espargaro has already shown in can be done.

The Gloucestershire rider made his debut on the 2018 RS-GP at Sepang after riding last year’s bike at Valencia and said the three days in Malaysia were a shakedown as he needed to get comfortable on the bike.

“I want to put the Aprilia in the top six, last year Aleix has shown that it is a result within our reach and I think the new bike has even more potential, there are still some new parts coming like the new engine,” said Redding.

“We still have some testing to do, after that my main priority will be to keep improving the bike race by race and try to be as competitive as possible.

“The test in Malaysia has been a sort of shakedown. At the beginning, when we simply put the 2017 setting on the 2018 bike, it didn’t work for me.

“For Aleix it wasn’t a big difference, but he has a lot more experience on this bike. We started to work on that, even experimenting, to make me feel comfortable on the bike.

“At the end of the three days I was happy, we found some solutions that we’ll keep using and, most important, we found the direction to work on for the future.

“I’ve been faster every day, cutting the gap with the front guys and I feel there’s still a lot of room for improvements.”

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