Octo Pramac Ducati rider, Scott Redding, is hoping for more from his machine as they head into Free Practice 2 at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on Friday.
The Brit struggled somewhat in the first practice session of the opening round of the MotoGP World Championship yesterday pointing at suspension settings being the cause of his woes. 10th place was the highest he could achieve on his Ducati Desmo GP15 saying he was at the limit of what was possible.
“I was doing 56.4 just because that was the limit,” said Redding. “Not of me and the bike, but it was the setting we had. In the three fast corners, I kept running wide and that was two tenths, two tenths. I could just feel the time going. The first two sectors weren’t bad. I could improve a bit but I was on the edge. I wasn’t in that comfort zone. When we checked the data we could see what it was so we’re not panicking in any way.”
“The feeling is a bit different from that of the tests. But I must say that with the team we have very clear ideas about what we should do and we know the direction we need to take tomorrow. With hard tyre things have not gone very well and this is to work. But with the soft tyre we did better and tomorrow we want to start from this point.”
Across the garage from Redding, Danilo Petrucci was happy just to get back out on the bike again after a testing crash at Phillip Island just three weeks ago which required screws inserting into his right hand had kept him off the bike until yesterday. The Italian lapped just half a second slower than his team-mate and finished in 15th spot and hopes his confidence continues to rise as the weekend progresses and he thanked the medical staff whose work meant he could start the season in Qatar.
“”I thank those who helped me in this difficult time, the doctors that I have operated me in Australia, Dr. Zasa and the Clinica Mobile who followed me in therapies, Dr. Catani for medical consultations and valuable advice. After a month off the bike it was difficult to start again.” Petrucci said.
“I confess that until one hour before the start of the Fp1 I was very worried. After the first lap I removed the brace and things got better. Now I’m really happy. I have to recover confidence and obviously overcome the fear of crashing. There is always a little fear, especially in right-corner entry. But I’m happy because I did not think I could run so well.”