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Redding and Rabat left to lament Motegi crash

Redding and Rabat left to lament Motegi crash

Two of the three Moto2™ title contenders were taken out of action in a multiple-rider collision at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, leaving Scott Redding and Tito Rabat to lament a case of what might have been.

Both Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) and Rabat (Tuenti HP 40) were unable to restart the red-flagged race after the crash that also involved Alex Mariñelarena (Blusens Avintia). Thankfully, all three escaped serious injuries.

In the meantime, Rabat’s teammate Pol Espargaro clinched the title at Motegi.

“When Tito went down in front of me I did everything I could to avoid him, but I couldn’t avoid hitting the bike and I went down too,” explained a dejected Redding, who had topped the Moto2™ standings for much of the season.

“It’s disappointing, obviously, not just because of everything we’ve been through just to race here this weekend but also because there was nobody left to take the fight to Pol, with both Tito and me out of the race. The championship’s gone and, although it wasn’t through want of trying, that doesn’t make it an easier to accept.

“The important thing is to get over it, come back strong and finish the season on a high at Valencia. Congratulations to Pol on winning the title; it was a good battle and I’m just sorry we couldn’t take it down to the wire.”

It was Rabat’s out-of-control bike that had triggered the accident.

“It was a difficult day,” he began. “I crashed on the first lap and was lucky that Scott reacted quickly and didn’t hit me. It’s a shame because I obviously wanted to race, but I want to congratulate my teammate Pol who has had a great season and deserves the title.”

In 2014, both Redding and Espargaro will step up to the MotoGP™ class, with Redding joining GO&FUN Honda Gresini on a Honda Production Racer machine while Espargaro becomes part of Monster Yamaha Tech3. Rabat will stay in Moto2™, switching to the Marc VDS squad which currently houses Redding.

Moto2, 2013, AIRASIA GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Tito Rabat, Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Team, Tuenti HP 40

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