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Moto2 Mugello: ‘What a weekend!’ - Redding
3 June 2013
Fresh from a debut Moto2 win in the rain-shortened Le Mans round, title leader Scott Redding made it two-from-two with a full length victory at Mugello on Sunday.
Redding, starting from pole position for the second time this season, spent the early laps shadowing Takaaki Nakagami before lading for the first time on lap 4 of 21.
Nico Terol then managed to draft his way past on the main straight at mid-race distance but, after leading for just four laps, appeared to allow Redding back in front.
The Englishman promptly pulled out a gap that he maintained to the chequered flag, winning by two-seconds.
"What a weekend!” said Redding. “It didn't start well, as I just didn't feel comfortable on the bike, but after consigning it to the skip [due to a big accident] on Saturday morning, the new bike felt much better.
“Qualifying on pole really boosted my confidence and once we got going I knew straight away that another win was a possibility. I slotted in behind Taka, pushing past when he started to slow and immediately pulled a gap.
“I'm not sure how Terol and Zarco caught me, but once Terol went in front I could see he wasn't comfortable running the pace. I have no idea why he decided to let me through, but I wasn't going to pass up a chance like that.
“I knew I could pull away, and that's what I did."
The Mugello win extends Redding's lead at the top of the standings to 43 points over Terol who, along with Frenchman Johann Zarco, joined the championship leader on the podium.
Redding and most of his rivals will remain at Mugello for testing, with Moto2 scheduled to take to the track on Monday and Moto3 on Tuesday.