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Moto2: Redding: I was very lucky

Scott Redding has spoken publically for the first time about the huge Misano accident that tragically claimed the life of Shoya Tomizawa on Sunday.

Tomizawa fell from fourth place on lap twelve of the San Marino Grand Prix, after running wide on the exit of a fast corner leading onto the back straight.

The 19-year-old was in the middle of the leading pack of riders and, after falling, was almost instantly hit by de Angelis and then Redding. Tomizawa, winner of the first ever Moto2 grand prix at the start of this year, later died in hospital from his injuries.

Although de Angelis miraculously walked away, Redding required medical treatment after being thrown through the air and knocked unconscious.

The 17-year-old, who had qualified in second position for the race, recovered consciousness as marshals arrived on the scene and was quickly carried from the track - some might say too quickly - and then transported to the medical centre by ambulance.

After a thorough examination, Redding received twelve stitches to close a laceration in his lower back and was then released from the medical centre. The Briton has no recollection of the accident.

"I was gutted when I found out the news about Tomi and it still hasn't really sunk in yet," said Redding. "He was a really good guy and will definitely be missed in the paddock and on the track. My thoughts are with his family, friends and team, who all suffered a huge loss at the weekend.

"I don't remember anything about the crash; one minute I was on the gas as normal and the rest is just a blank. I haven't seen the crash on television, and I don't want to, but I do know that I was very lucky to escape serious injury.

"The wound to my back is already improving, and I'm determined to get back on the bike as soon as possible."

Redding will now give the wound on his lower back time to close, before heading to a one-day test at Valencia on Monday, ahead of the next Moto2 round, which takes place at the Aragon circuit from 17-19 September.

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September 09, 2010 9:57 AM

The truth is that Scott not being able to remember what went on on Sunday is the best thing that could have come from that. Just a nightmare for everybody involved. Seems like quite a few riders haven't seen the accident and thats also a good thing. I wish I hadn't. I wish Scott all the best - mentally this cannot be an easy time for him.

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