Author: Oli Rushby Pics: Bonnie Lane Posted: 13 Sep 2015
Scott Redding fought through difficult conditions to take his debut MotoGP podium in Misano today despite crashing out on the sixth lap of the race.
The race got underway in dry conditions but the rain soon came down leaving riders on a slippery surface with slick tyres. Having made a strong start, Redding was battling for fourth in the opening stages but was caught out by conditions as he ran on into the gravel before falling from his Honda RC213V on lap six.
Quickly remounting, Redding returned to the pits and took to the track on wet tyres. Struggling to find feeling with the treaded Bridgestones, as the rain slowed he took the gamble to pit once again and headed back out on slicks. As the circuit continued to dry, the Briton fought through the pack to find himself fourth with seven laps to go.
He then set about chasing down third-placed Loris Baz before making his move on lap 25 and immediately gapping the Frenchman to comfortably finish third, taking his debut MotoGP podium for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team.
“It was certainly interesting!” said Redding after the race. “At the beginning when it started to rain I thought I had nothing to lose so I started to push on hard with the slick tyre to run with the front guys. I probably pushed a bit too much and couldn’t stop the bike before the gravel, I tried to get on the gas to turn the bike but nothing was there as the traction control was cutting in a lot and then I crashed.
“After that I thought the race was done but I tried to get up as fast as possible to get back to the pits, I saw that Yonny [Hernandez] and Aleix [Espargaro] hadn’t passed me so I thought ‘OK we’re in a good position if it rains’, so I changed to the rain tyre and I had a really, really bad feeling. I couldn’t get the tyre up to temperature and then when it came up to temperature it was already drying too much.
“I was in 28th position and had nothing to lose so I went back for the slick tyre and then pushed, and pushed to try and make some good lap times in the conditions. The positions came down and I was P4, I thought ‘something has to be wrong!’ and I saw that I was seven seconds from Baz so I did everything I could to try and catch up as fast as possible in case more rain came and that was it! I’m really happy to be on the podium, I certainly didn’t expect it when I woke up today!
“We’ve made the most out of a difficult situation. The season has been tough for us but we still try every weekend to make it happen. It’s nice to be on the podium with this bike, especially for the team who work hard all the time. We had to take that bit more of a gamble today and I did that and we got a bit of reward for it.”
Marc Marquez won the race from Bradley Smith, with Redding's podium marking the first time two Brits have finished on a premier class rostrum since 1979.