Redding rides Schwantz Suzuki of 1994

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Monday, 8 July 2013

Scott Redding was back at Belgium’s historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit on Sunday, this time sampling the Suzuki RGV500 motorcycle piloted during the 500 season of 1994 by Kevin Schwantz, then the reigning World Champion.

Redding, the current Moto2™ championship leader with Marc VDS Racing Team, rode the MotoGP™ Legend’s machine during the traditional 500GP parade at the annual Bikers’ Classic event. He was joined on-track by fellow former world title winners Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read, Wayne Gardner and Christian Sarron.

“Lining up on the grid with all these champions around me…it felt like I was actually taking part in a 500 GP race!” the Englishman stated.

“Sat there on the bike in front of a huge crowd, surrounded by the likes of Wayne Gardner, Christian Sarron and Didier de Radigues, I got a real good feeling for what it must have been like for Kevin Schwantz when he lined up to race this bike back in '94. It was an incredible experience.”

Although the event may have been dubbed a ‘parade’, instincts kicked in and a mini-Grand Prix soon took place. Redding finished a close second to 2009 British Supersport Champion Steve Plater who rode the Suzuki RGV500 XR88 on which Kenny Roberts Jr. finished runner-up to Alex Criville in the 500 campaign of 1999.

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