Tickets purchase
VideoPass purchase

Redding versus the world in Italy

Redding versus the world in Italy

The French Moto2™ Grand Prix was ideal if you were Britain’s Scott Redding, but a disaster when in the racing boots of his closest rivals. Having either retired from the race or scored a painfully low number of points, the opponents’ task is to chase after the Englishman as the intermediary class moves on to the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM.

Redding has combined consistency with a maiden Moto2 victory to carry a compelling 24-point cushion just four races into the campaign. Tuenti HP 40’s Esteve Rabat is the closest challenger to the Marc VDS Racing Team man, with all other rivals already more than a race win’s equivalent of points away from the leader.

One could say pressures are beginning to show. Rabat’s teammate Pol Espargaro – who, for almost the duration of the Le Mans weekend was continuously linked with a Tech 3 MotoGP race seat for 2014 – was generally regarded as a Moto2 title favourite for this year. Being fifth in the championship and 35 points off the lead, only four races into the new season, was certainly not in the script.

Between Redding and Espargaro in the title race are the aforementioned Rabat, Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio and Switzerland’s Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert and the only rider other than Redding to have finished in the top ten at all events so far this year). Such consistency would be received as a development for Espargaro, who also hopes to make up at Mugello after losing last year’s race to Andrea Iannone by the narrow margin of nine hundredths of a second.

Fifth-placed Espargaro is chased by Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Nico Terol (also a crasher at Le Mans) and Desguaces Le Torre Maptaq’s Xavier Simeon, who in France became the first Belgian to finish on a World Championship podium since Didier de Radigues in the 250 race at Spa-Francorchamps in 1990. The Tifosi hope for national success this weekend, although NGM Mobile Racing’s Mattia Pasini is the highest-placed Italian in the championship and in a somewhat lowly 12th for the passionate crowd. A repeat of last year’s home rider victory could be difficult…

A single wildcard rider will compete, although he is not a local; Lucas Mahias hails from France and will take to the track with the Prosport Moto outfit.


Other updates you may be interested in ›