New Pramac Ducati rider Scott Redding said he was delighted to have finished second fastest in the final pre-season MotoGP test in Qatar behind Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo on Friday.
Over the three days of testing, the 23-year-old was never outside the top five.
Redding feels the good showing means that his pre-season target of finishing inside the top six is on the cards and should not have been laughed at.
“I’m just going to keep my target [which is] top six,” said the Englishman.
“I said that before and a lot of people were laughing about it but now a lot of people are questioning [whether] it [is possible]. I try not to say things that I can’t do or not believe that I can’t do.
“Ducati has given me the bike that is competitive and it works for me. I got a good gel with the bike. There’s no reason why not. I have the talent,” said Redding.
“I’ve been in this game long enough and put a lot of hard work in. There’s no reason it shouldn’t come. Obviously, after two bad years, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got every time I’m on the bike.
“The target is top six but I don’t want to be disappointed and put too much pressure. At the end of the day, it’s my first year with Ducati and at the end of the test I was top Ducati.
“I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself but top six would be awesome to start the season.”