Posted: 21 Nov 2013
Things were looking good for the 2013 Moto2 season right from the off with our very own Scott Redding battling for the win with Pol Espargaro in the opening race at Qatar. While Scott had to settle for second in the first race, he took pole position at Austin a few weeks later.
Austin saw Scott face a difficult race and he decided to concentrate on bringing home decent points in fifth rather than trying any heroics while Aspar’s Nicolas Terol took off for the win. Scott returned to the podium for the third round at Jerez, again in second, this time to the other Pons Kalex of Esteve Rabat.
A Brit was leading the championship and it had been a long time since that had happened in any Grand Prix category so the excitement was understandable. This was fuelled further by Scott taking back to back victories at France and Mugello, building himself a comfortable championship lead in the process as main rival Espagaro scored just three points across both races.
It was clear that when Redding knew he couldn’t win, he didn’t bother trying and settled for as many points as he could – such as at Catalunya where Espargaro returned to the top. The pair battled it out for the win in a titanic scrap at Assen, with Scott missing out on the last lap. Tyre issues in Germany saw the Brit finish eighth while Jordi Torres stormed to victory from Simone Corsi and Pol Espargaro.
Rabat took another win in Indianapolis while Redding was once again battling with Espargaro for third place with the Brit coming out on top of this one to gain vital championship points. It was another difficult race for Redding in Brno while team mate Mika Kallio took the win from Takaaki Nakagami and Thomas Luthi. Espargaro finished fourth and Rabat seventh meaning Redding’s championship lead hadn’t taken too much of a hit.
Two weeks later at Silverstone, Scott put on a stunning display to assert his dominance on the championship lead. With Espargaro finishing eighth Redding extended his lead by quite some margin. Things were looking good with six races to go.
However, difficulties would soon begin for Redding who lost out on points to Espargaro in the following three races. The Spaniard won in Misano while Redding was sixth, in Aragon Espargaro took third with Scott fourth and a second place for Espargaro in Malaysia as Redding finished seventh saw the Brit’s lead diminish to just a handful of points.
This lead was then conceded at Phillip Island, as Redding fell in qualifying suffering a fracture to his wrist. Espargaro won the race to take the lead of the championship. Redding returned to action just one week later in Japan, only to become involved in someone else’s accident on the opening lap wiping him out of the race. With Redding and Rabat taking home nothing, Espargaro went on to win the race and add sufficient points to his lead to take the crown with one race to go.
The champion fell from grace in the final round of the series at Valencia, remounting to finish twenty fifth while the Aspar team of Nico Terol and Jordi Torres dominated. Johann Zarco took third place. Redding, battered and bruised crossed the line in fifteenth.
There’s no doubt that the 2013 Moto2 season was one of the best we’ve seen yet and had Redding’s season not been ended through injury we could well have had the first British GP World Champion since Barry Sheene.
Final Championship Standings (Top10):