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Redding defies pain to take fourth podium of the season in Aragón

Redding defies pain to take fourth podium of the season in Aragón

Scott Redding took his fourth podium finish of the 2012 season with an impressive third place in Sunday’s Moto2™ race at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain despite having surgery only the week before.

Redding qualified ninth fastest in the difficult conditions on Saturday, but got a good start and made up places in the first two turns to complete the first lap in sixth position. The 19-year-old Briton was able to match the lap times of the front runners in the early stages of the race, before upping the pace at the halfway point, moving his way through the field and eventually getting involved with the battle for second place being waged by Marc Márquez and Andrea Iannone.

There was no quarter given or asked by the three riders as they fought for supremacy on track, with hard moves the norm rather than the exception. After an intense battle with Márquez, who eventually escaped to secure second place, Redding set his sights firmly on Iannone and the final podium position. With both riders on the limit, and evenly matched in terms of lap times, it took a brave move from Redding in the Aragón Corkscrew to secure third position and his fourth podium finish of the season so far.

What made the British youngster’s podium all the more impressive was the fact that he had surgery the week before to fix an arm pump problem in his right wrist.

Scott Redding

"It's been a tough weekend, both with the weather and my right wrist. The wrist wasn't causing me problems on the bike, but it was causing a lot of pain. I opted to go with painkillers for the race and I'm glad I did, but every lap was so busy I probably wouldn't have even noticed the pain anyway. The battle with Márquez was a good one. I managed to pass him a couple of times only for him to pass me back on the straight. I didn't want to slow us both down by continually passing him in the corners, as I wanted to catch Iannone, which we eventually did. Marquez managed to pull a gap, but Iannone couldn't get away and I eventually managed to pass him for third with a bit of a risky move at the corkscrew. It's a great result and I'd like to say a big thank you to the team and the guys in the Clinica Mobile for making it possible."

Press release courtesy of Marc VDS Racing Team.


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