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Moto2: Fifth podium next target in Redding's best year
8 October 2012
Marc VDS Moto2 star Scott Redding is focussed on scoring a fifth podium of the season in this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.
The British teenager is enjoying his best ever year in grand prix, having already equalled his four previous podiums - spread over four seasons of racing - in the 13 rounds so far held.
Redding's 131 points marks the highest he has ever scored in a single season - and if he can hold his current fifth in the Championship from nearest rival and team-mate Mika Kallio, it would be three places higher than Redding has previously achieved.
"Motegi is a technical track, with a lot of places where you're really hard on the brakes, especially into the downhill corners,” Redding said of the stop-go Motegi circuit.
“I know it's not popular with a lot of riders, but I quite like it. I had a good run out at Aragon, where I finished on the podium, so I'm pretty confident going into this weekend's race in Japan.”
Redding's latest podium - despite recent wrist surgery - extended the gap to Kallio to 21 points, but there are still 100 available from the remaining four rounds.
“Obviously I'll be keeping an eye on Mika, as he has designs on my fifth position in the championship, but the main aim at Motegi will be to repeat the success of Aragon and secure my fifth podium finish of the season,” confirmed Redding, winner of the 2008 British 125cc GP.
Kallio, a triple Motegi winner on two-stroke machinery, saw his perfect 2012 points run end with a 16th place at Aragon. The 29-year-old Finn is determined to make amends at Motegi, a track he claims not to like despite his past success.
"I've won three times in the past at Motegi, so the track obviously suits me, but it's definitely not one of my favourite circuits,” he said “It's a bit boring to ride, as it's very stop start with hard braking followed by slow corners and then hard acceleration.
“I had a disappointing result last time out at Aragon, where we had some problems in the race, but I'm confident that we won't have the same issues in Japan. I've already shown I have the pace to be up at the front and fighting in the top five, which is exactly where I need to be this weekend at Motegi."
Kallio has taken one podium this season, in Germany.
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