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Redding: "I had nothing to lose"

Redding: 'I had nothing to lose'

The British rider claims his career first MotoGP™ podium, pushing hard to catch Baz and snatch 3rd.

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Scott Redding celebrated a stunning first MotoGP podium after a dramatic and incident-packed clash in front of a record crowd packed into the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli today.

An early crash and two pits stops in a rain-hit 28-lap encounter failed to prevent the 22-year-old from mastering constantly changing track conditions to finish in a sensational third.

With the field starting the race on slick tyres, Redding crashed at turn four on lap six when rain started to fall heavily while he was on a brilliant charge up from 13th to the battle raging for fourth.

Redding pitted to switch to his wet weather Honda RC213V machine and was seemingly well out of contention.

As the rain quickly stopped, the 2.626 miles surface dried rapidly and Redding timed his switch back to slicks perfectly and he was fourth on track with just seven laps to go.

Redding then launched a terrific charge towards his first premier class podium, which ended in success when he passed Loris Baz for third on lap 25. Redding’s superior pace saw him comfortably streak away from the Frenchman and his first MotoGP podium was secured by almost eight seconds, much to the delight of on-looking team owner Marc van der Straten.

With Bradley Smith joining Redding on the podium it was the first time since Barry Sheene and Tom Herron stood on the podium together in Venezuela in 1979 that two British riders have achieved such a result.

Up next for Redding is the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon on the 27th September.

Scott Redding: “Where do you start after a race like that? When it started to rain I knew I had nothing to lose and pushed hard on the slicks. But I pushed too much and couldn’t stop the bike before I entered the gravel and crashed. I thought that was race over but got back on as quickly as I could and I could see that a couple of guys still hadn’t passed me, so knew I was still in a good position. I changed to the rain tyres and had a really bad feeling. I couldn’t get them to working temperature and when I did the track had already started to dry. I switched back to slicks thinking I’d got no chance and then suddenly I saw P4. I thought it was a mistake but then saw seven seconds to Baz and got my head down to catch him in case it rained again. Then I’m in third and I certainly didn’t expect that when I woke up this morning. It’s a great feeling for me and especially the team because they have deserved this for sticking by me all season.

I had nothing to lose so I was pushing so hard at the start, I locked the front and went straight, dropped it in the gravel and as fast as I could I tried to get the bike back on track. Then I thought I would come in for the rain, but the wet tyres weren’t working so I came in with nothing to lose. I was feeling good catching Baz, pushing and pushing and then I was there!”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Scott Redding, EG 0,0 Marc VDS

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