Scott Redding's title hopes come crashing down
QUEDGELEY'S Scott Redding saw his Moto2 championship hopes come crashing down at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan, writes Alannah Fellows.
The 20-year-old made an amazing recovery to bounce back after breaking his wrist just one week ago.
Following adverse weather conditions Friday’s free practise was cancelled, meaning riders only had two sessions before the race on Sunday.
Redding qualified in 15th position on his Marc VDS machine and got a strong start.
However, on the opening lap Esteve Rabat crashed right in front of Redding, and despite doing all he could to avoid him Scott hit his bike and was unable to restart the race, which meant Pol Esparagro was crowned champion after a dominating win in the restarted race.
Redding said: “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.
"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.”
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