1 July 2013
Redding scores points… in Belgian Supermoto!
"Riding the dirt on slicks and then hitting the asphalt sideways with dirt on the tyres was interesting, but mega fun!" - Scott Redding.
On Saturday Scott Redding defended his lead in the Moto2 World Championship with a hard fought second place at Assen - then on Sunday he picked up his first points in the Belgian National Supermoto Championship!
The inaugural Supermoto de Spa Francorchamps event, which was held in aid of a children's cancer charity, pitched Redding against the regulars of the Belgian and Dutch Supermoto Championships, as well as other guest riders such as reigning Superstock Endurance World Champion, Grégory Fastré.
Bright sunshine, perfect track conditions and a big crowd, many fortified with copious amounts of Belgium's finest beer, greeted Redding as he headed out for the 20-minute qualifying session, to the accompaniment of someone's '80s mix tape blasting out over the circuit PA.
"That was fun," declared Redding, after the session. "It's the first time I've ridden the Supermoto bike on a dirt section, which was interesting. Riding the dirt, and the big jump, was okay, but it was a bit sketchy coming off the dirt and back onto the tarmac.
"It was hard for me, as I ride with the knee down and need to take some lean angle but overall I was happy with the first session, which I finished in P9. Not bad when you see how fast some of these guys are!"
After the session Redding joined a group photo with all the competing riders and was presented with a race shirt by Marc Fraikin, multiple Belgian and Dutch Supermoto Champion who also races with the number 45.
It was Fraikin who took the win in the opening prestige class race, in which Redding collected three championship points and qualified for the second race aboard his Kawasaki KX450F. In the second outing, which was won by Jaimie van Sikkelerus, the Marc VDS rider improved again, picking up four more points and qualifying for the Superfinale.
The physical demands of a full race programme at Assen and then a qualifying session and two races at Spa, meant that Redding opted out of contesting the Superfinale, which was won by Kevin Novelli Vieillevoye.
"The racing was fun but also hard work, especially the dirt section. Riding the dirt on slicks and then hitting the asphalt sideways with dirt on the tyres was interesting, but mega fun!
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