Redding preparing to ride again

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Thursday, 9 September 2010

After the tragic events at Misano on Sunday the young British rider will undertake a one-day test at Valencia next Monday, in preparation for the next round of the Moto2 Championship at Aragón.

Scott Redding is preparing to climb back aboard his Moto2 Suter machine on Monday at a one-day test at Valencia, in preparation for Round 12 of the 2010 Moto2 World Championship at Aragón which takes place from September 17th-19th.

The 17 year-old British rider is already recovering well from the laceration on his lower back that required 12 stitches following the crash at Misano on Sunday, but is still coming to terms with the tragic death of fellow Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa.

"I was gutted when I found out the news about Tomi and it still hasn't really sunk in yet," said Redding. "He was a really good guy and will definitely be missed in the paddock and on the track. My thoughts are with his family, friends and team, who all suffered a huge loss at the weekend."

In what will be of great encouragement to all those who have offered him their well wishes after Sunday’s accident Redding is focused on the Valencia test and measuring his physical level of fitness ahead of the next race.

"I don't remember anything about the crash; one minute I was on the gas as normal and the rest is just a blank. I haven't seen the crash on television, and I don't want to, but I do know that I was very lucky to escape serious injury,” he said.

“The wound to my back is already improving, and I'm determined to get back on the bike as soon as possible. We have a one-day test at Valencia next week, which will give me a chance to check everything is okay with my back, before heading to Aragón for the next race.”

Redding’s team-mate Héctor Faubel added his own sentiments about the much-admired Shoya, and also expressed his support for his colleague.

"I rode some days together with Shoya when he arrived in the World Championship with Honda," said Faubel. "He was the funniest guy in the paddock. It didn't matter to him if you beat him in the last race or not, he still had time for you. He congratulated you if you won or even just had a good practice session. I last saw Shoya at the Clinica Mobile on Saturday evening in Misano, when he greeted me with; 'Faubel, good job in Indy. You were very strong and I'm happy for you.' That's the type of person he was."

Faubel continued: "My thoughts are also with Scott, who I'm sure will bounce back from this tragic weekend. It will be difficult, sure, but I'm certain he can do it. I look forward to seeing him on the bike again at Valencia during the test and back at the front of the pack in Aragón."

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