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Redding passes CBT test and keeps fitness up

Redding passes CBT test and keeps fitness up

British youngster Scott Redding recently passed his CBT test so that he can ride on the road in his native England as he maintains his fitness levels over the long, cold British winter.

Scott Redding announced himself on the World Championship scene with his brilliant debut campaign last year, including his historic home win at Donington, but the young English rider only turned 16 earlier this month and has therefore only recently been granted a licence to ride on the road in the UK.

The teenage sensation has just successfully undertaken his Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) test at the Acer Motorcycle Training centre in Gloucester and is now able to use a 50cc scooter to get to and from his local gym, which will help with his daily fitness routine.

Speaking to Redding joked, `Well I passed the test even when it was minus five degrees and snowing, but I would have been a bit worried if I hadn´t passed!´

More seriously though having extra mobility will make things easier for the Blusens Aprilia rider, who explained, `Actually my main gym is about 45 minutes away from the house by car so I will still do that journey three times a week, but I go to my own gym in between and go motocross training. So I will use my bike for getting to places and to go to my local gym, so it will be useful.´

When asked about preparing for his second season in the 125cc World Championship Redding revealed his pre-season priorities, which include familiarising himself with his new factory Aprilia RSA machinery, stating, `I have got a new bike this year so I have to work hard in testing and get the bike set up well so that we are ready for the season. We will start testing at the end of January I think, so I´ll work hard and see what happens.´

Commenting on the experience he gained in his debut season and how he intends to make the most of that knowledge in 2009, Redding added, `The races were a lot longer than what I had experienced before so I had to get used to that. I had to see how the others raced and had to learn about saving the tyres for the end of races and so on. I want to try and get into the top three in the championship and get a few podiums this year. As long as I know I have tried as hard as I can I´ll be happy with that.´

Pushed to name the riders he views as the main threats to his progress in the forthcoming season Redding kept his reply simple, saying, `It is so hard to say because there are normally up to ten riders who can win a race and every rider in the World Championship is good. I just don´t have a clue who will be at the front because everyone has new bikes so we have to wait and see how it works out.´

125cc, 2008, Scott Redding

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