Redding confidence boosted as rivals crash

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Redding confidence boosted as rivals crash
Monday, 20 May 2013

Scott Redding not only won his first Moto2™ race in France on Sunday, but inflicted almost maximum damage as his most significant rivals dropped out of contention.

The success for the Marc VDS Racing Team rider, who headed a one-two finish from Finnish teammate Mika Kallio, is his second career victory after the 125 race of Donington Park in 2008. He also becomes the first British rider to wins at historic Le Mans in 30 years, following in the footsteps of Alan Carter who took the chequered flag in the 250 race of 1983.

“I’m not really as excited as I thought because I worked hard for it and played a clever game in my head,” Redding told motogp.com in an exclusive video interview.

“I knew I was fast and that I could pull a gap when I wanted, but the rain made it even more interesting; for two or three laps I put my hand up and the guys were catching me. I thought, ‘I´m going to have to try and go,’ and then I was sliding so much and trying to put my hand up while sliding. Then we had a red flag so I knew it was mine. I’m just so happy to get my first victory in Moto2™.”

His championship-leading advantage is now 24 points over Tuenti HP 40’s Esteve Rabat, who had headed the standings at the start of the day. Both Rabat and teammate Pol Espargaro fell at Turn 7, whereas Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Nico Terol also went off-track.

“The main contenders crashed out and I took maximum points, so for me that is really, really good and takes a bit of pressure off,” Redding begins to sum up. “Also, I now know I can win races without any luck and in the most difficult of conditions, so that boosts my confidence so much.”

Redding’s next destination is Mugello for the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM on 2nd June.

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