By Lisa Lewis

The last time Moto2 title rivals Scott Redding and Pol Espargaro met at a round one of them could call 'home', Redding walked away with victory in front of the British fans at Silverstone.

But prior to that Espargaro had taken a win in his 'casa' of Montmelo and was relishing the prospect of another chance to eat into Redding's points lead at Aragon, the third of four Spanish-based events.

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Sunday's race saw Redding and Espargaro give everything in their battle for the final podium place, enthralling viewers with some paint-swapping moves

Both had their problems over the course of the Aragon race weekend, having faced issues with chatter and tyre wear.

Redding also had physical issues to overcome. The Marc VDS man had surgery after the last round in Misano on his right arm to address the compartment syndrome that had been causing numbness and lack of strength.

Though his surgery didn't appear to be interfering with his performance, his set-up was certainly an issue and he qualified just 13th on the grid.

He remained positive, showing a strong mental edge, with his philosophy being "Sunday is race day", putting the first part of a difficult weekend behind him heading onto the grid.

While Espargaro looked certain to capitalise from the front row, Redding found himself struggling - qualifying just 13th on the grid and ten places behind Espargaro.

Pole sitter Nico Terol went on to dominate for the win, while Redding surged forward with some hard moves to pick up an incredible eight places on the first lap.

The Briton's heroics soon saw him in a fight to the end with his Pons rival Espargaro.

After swapping positions over the duration it was Redding who made the first break, showing his passion and skill with a hard move on Espargaro which resulted in a touch as he fought his chattering Kalex.

Espargaro passed him back at the start of the final lap and held on to the position, pulling away in the final moments to secure third after an enticing battle. The Spaniard revealed the set-up changes made ahead of the race had worked in his favour:

"We had problems on Friday and we had to work hard...I found a good set-up for the race, perhaps not the best but I have been able to fight. Surely it's been one of the hardest fights that I have had, yet I've only managed to subtract three points".

Redding's race plan had been simple: "Attack and keep fighting."

"I knew I had to fight today, for a result and for the championship, and that's what I did. I got a clean run through the field from the start and managed to get a good run onto the back straight on the first lap and pass some more people".

He went on to reveal that his main issue had been straight line speed:

"The problem was that when there was nobody to slipstream on the back straight I was losing too much time and that's what gave Pol the final podium position today".

"It was a little disheartening, to work so hard throughout the race, trying to make it perfect, trying to block the line and yet they still come past you on the straight. I did my best today, but the straight was our downfall".

The result means that Espargaro has cut Redding's title lead by just three points, leaving a difference of 20 heading to Sepang in two weeks' time, the first of three consecutive races in the pacific tour, a part of the season where the rivals have both previously been strong in Moto2.

MotoGP then returns to Europe for the season finale in Valencia. If the title remains undecided by then, Espargaro is well aware of the advantage he can achieve from the final round being in Spain:

"We are lucky to have more races in Spain and race in front of our home crowd... circuits like Aragon or Valencia are good for me, I have ridden here many times."

Redding will be hoping to have the title decided by then: In the last two years he has finished 30th and 22nd in the final race in Valencia.