Redding extends Championship lead

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.

Bike Social-sponsored Scott Redding will lead the Moto2 World Championship coming into his home Grand Prix at Silverstone in two weeks time regardless of what happens in Brno next weekend.  A third place finish in today’s Indianapolis Moto2 race, behind winner Esteve Rabat and Takaaki Nakagami but crucially in front of Championship rival Pol Espargaro, was enough to see the 20 year old extend his championship lead to 26 points.

Redding qualified in pole position by just 0.027s over Espargaro with the Japanese rider Nakagami starting 3rd and the Gloucestershire man got away from the line and into turn one ahead of the field but his lead only lasted until lap 2 when Nakagami got by.  With Esparagaro following suit with 15 laps to go and then Rabat with 7 remaining, Redding’s championship lead looked like it was to be cut again.  But with every rider struggling with the grip levels available from the Dunlop tyres, it was Rabat who trimmed Nakagami’s 3s lead before taking over at the front as a revitalised Redding muscled his way past Espargaro before setting off in pursuit of the Japanese Italtrans rider.

“Part of my race plan was to follow and not lead so I wasn’t too worried when Taka got by but when Pol came past me I was like “right, I need to beat you but I need to be wise”, he was breaking really long into turn two but when I got by him it was a fair move, I don’t think we touched. I had a real battle to save the tyre though.”
The Marc VDS man crossed the line within 1s of Nakagami in 2nd place but most importantly he finished ahead of a visibly dejected Espargaro who came home 4th just ahead of Dominique Aegerter.
“That’s what I come racing for, you know, the Championship.  I just wanted to beat Pol.” said Redding, “We had trouble with the tyre again, it ripped open again like Sachsenring and Texas.  It’s a manufacturer fault but I tend to suffer because of my weight.  They don’t what the problem is so I was just riding to save the tyre, concentrating on being smooth.  I could feel it going from about lap 6 onwards”, he continued.
There are still 8 rounds remaining of the 2013 Championship and Redding knows what he has to do to move into MotoGP as the number one guy from the Moto2 class.  The official announcement of Redding’s move and to which team will come at Silverstone in less than two weeks and we’ll all be hoping that he has extended his lead even further by then.
“I always love coming back to Silverstone, I get some mega support and I want to bring back as many points as I can.  Need to think about the championship.  I made an amateur mistake in Brno last year. I qualified on the front row but tried too hard, too soon and came back with nothing which was disappointing so I hope to make up for it this year”.
Scott’s trophy haul from 2013 is getting bigger and bigger and his 3rd place today makes it 6 podiums from 9 starts this year but rather than his 1st place trophies from Le Mans and Mugello, it’s his 2nd place version from Qatar which stands out as Redding’s favourite.  “Yeah, they’re sitting on my kitchen table at the moment, one day I’ll get a nice cabinet to put them in”.
Scott will be signing autographs at the Bennetts stand after the Moto2 race at Silverstone

A third place finish in today’s Indianapolis Moto2 race, behind winner Esteve Rabat and Takaaki Nakagami but crucially in front of main Championship rival Pol Espargaro, was enough to see the 20 year old extend his championship lead to 26 points.

Redding qualified in pole position by just 0.027s over Espargaro with the Japanese rider Nakagami starting 3rd and the Gloucestershire man got away from the line and into turn one ahead of the field. His lead only lasted until lap 2 when Nakagami got by and with Esparagaro following suit with 15 laps to go and then Rabat with 7 remaining, Redding’s championship lead looked like it was about to be cut again.  But with every rider struggling with the grip levels available from the Dunlop tyres, it was Rabat who trimmed Nakagami’s 3s lead before taking over at the front as a revitalised Redding muscled his way past Espargaro before setting off in pursuit of the Japanese Italtrans rider.

“Part of my race plan was to follow and not lead so I wasn’t too worried when Taka got by on lap 2 but when Pol came past me I was like “right, I need to beat you but I need to be wise”, he was breaking really long into turn two but when I got by him it was a fair move, I don’t think we touched. I had a real battle to save the tyre though.”, explained Redding.

The Marc VDS man crossed the finish line within 1s of Nakagami in 2nd place but most importantly he finished ahead of a visibly dejected Espargaro who came home 4th just ahead of Dominique Aegerter.

“That’s what I come racing for, you know, the Championship.  I just wanted to beat Pol.” said Redding, “We had trouble with the tyre again, it ripped open again like Sachsenring and Texas.  It’s a manufacturer fault but I tend to suffer because of my weight.  They don’t what the problem is so I was just riding to save the tyre, concentrating on being smooth.  I could feel it going from about lap 6 onwards”, he continued.

There are still 8 rounds remaining of the 2013 Championship and Redding knows what he has to do to move into MotoGP as the number one guy from the Moto2 class.  The official announcement of Redding’s move and to which team will come at Silverstone in less than two weeks and we’ll all be hoping that he has extended his lead even further by then.

“I always love coming back to Silverstone, I get some mega support and I want to bring back as many points as I can.  Need to think about the championship.  I made an amateur mistake in Brno last year. I qualified on the front row but tried too hard, too soon and came back with nothing which was disappointing so I hope to make up for it this year”.

Scott Redding at Indianapolis

Scott’s trophy haul from 2013 is getting bigger and bigger and his 3rd place today makes it 6 podiums from 9 starts this year but rather than his 1st place trophies from Le Mans and Mugello, it’s his 2nd place version from Qatar which stands out as Redding’s favourite.  “Yeah, they’re sitting on my kitchen table at the moment, one day I’ll get a nice cabinet to put them in”.

Redding's 3rd place trophy

Scott will be signing autographs at the Bennetts stand after the Moto2 race at Silverstone.

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