Scott Redding starts today's French Grand Prix from 16th position on the sixth row of the grid, after set up changes renewed his confidence in his Honda RCV1000R.
After struggling for a set up during this morning’s free practice session, the 21-year-old Briton and his team made big changes to his Honda RCV1000R for the final free practice and qualifying.
The gamble paid off, with Scott feeling much more confortable on the bike, qualifying as the second fastest production Honda rider and just half-a-second off the time of Nicky Hayden, who will start one row ahead from 13th position.
Redding said: “The last few races we’ve been the third or fourth Open Class Honda, so it was good to be the second quickest Honda RCV1000R behind Nicky in today’s FP4 and qualifying sessions.
"This morning I didn’t feel so comfortable on the bike, so we made a lot of changes ahead of FP4 to improve the feeling, with positive results.
"I started to enjoy riding the bike once again. Now we have to see if we can make more improvements tomorrow morning, especially from my side, because now the bike is pretty good.”