Congratulations to Scott Redding, Moto2 World Championship runner up. His 2nd placed Championship finish was confirmed with a 15th place finish in the final race of the season at Valencia, a race in which he almost didn’t compete because of the searing pain of recent wrist and back injuries.
Britain’s quest for a motorcycle grand prix champion since Barry Sheene on a Suzuki in 1977 continues but there’s been none closer yet unluckier than the 20-year old from Gloucestershire who led the championship for much of the season before an accident in the qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix, resulting in a broken wrist, ended his chances.
Speaking to Bike Social after the final round of the championship, Redding said about his finishing runner-up, “It feels good when you look at the big picture, when you consider where I came from over the years. But it’s a bit heart-hurting to finish 2nd having been in the lead for so long, just because of some bad luck.”
Whilst the 2013 Moto2 season gave Scott three wins as part of his seven podium finishes, including the epic and unforgettable Silverstone victory, it ended with the Bike Social-sponsored rider finishing in the runner-up spot after not being able to start in Australia whilst his main rival, Pol Espargaro, went on to win. Remarkably Scott was passed fit to race just one week later in Japan yet an incident in front of him on the first lap gave him no option but to hit a strewn bike which added insult to injury, or even injury to injury.
Coming into the final round in Valencia, Espargaro’s team mate, Esteve Rabat, had a mathematical chance of catching Scott for 2nd place in the championship but despite fighting through the pain of his injuries Redding was able to come home in 15th position to claim the final world championship point that secured the runner up spot albeit irrelevant because Rabat could only finish in 5th place.
Redding bravely decided against any painkilling injections but was suffering with his badly bruised back as well as his wrist injury especially in the second half of the race.
“To make things even worse, I was putting my boot on before qualifying and held a strap in between my teeth because of my wrist then all of a sudden my tooth fell out! I must have been gritting my teeth so much during the practise sessions because of the wrist and back pain.” said Scott.
“I wanted to be top 15 in qualifying but was even considering not doing the race because of the pain, 27 laps is a long race and I couldn’t hold on in the last sector, the long left and down the hill because of my wrist. Went off at the start, gritted my remaining teeth but I felt as though my body had no power left after about 7 laps. I managed to get up to about 12th position but didn’t have the strength to keep the pace up.” he continued.
“When I came in after the race the team the team sprayed Champagne over me when I got back to the pits. It meant a lot because I got to the finish but I was in so much pain. I managed to get a point with a broken wrist which could have made all the difference if Rabat had finished in 2nd place.
There's a ceremony tonight where we'll receive the championship medal, we as a team have earned 2nd place in the championship, we wanted to fight for the Championship from the very beginning of the season and all worked so hard.”
In tribute to his four years with the Marc VDS squad, Scott carried the face team owner, Marc van der Straten, on the back of his helmet coupled with messages on the seat of his leathers and ‘Merci Marc’ on the bikes’ fairings.
Redding now makes the step up from Moto2 to MotoGP after four seasons and will race for the Gresini Honda team on an RSV1000RR next season. There wasn’t much time to celebrate after the final round because the first official test of 2014 begins today at Valencia.
Scott also asked us to relay a message to his fans; “I’m always trying to stay close to the fans, it really makes a difference, they drive you forwards and push you on. It’s part of the reason why I did the race yesterday. I want to say a massive thank you to all of the fans who support me especially through the messages and support I get through Twitter and social media. The support especially at Silverstone was amazing.”