Rookie Scott Redding rode to an impressive ninth place finish in the Indianapolis MotoGP.

The result meant Redding finished as the top Open rider for the first time this season, after an accident for class leader Aleix Espargaro.

Redding spent much of the race battling the Factory Ducati of fellow Briton Cal Crutchlow.

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The pair swapped places on numerous occasions, with Crutchlow narrowly taking the advantage at the chequered flag.

"I've been strong all weekend and I'm obviously happy to be in the parc ferm? for the first time," said Redding. "It's not the best way, because Aleix Espargaro was forced out, but the important thing is that I was the first production Honda rider home again.

"At the beginning of the race Aoyama was able to maintain a gap of around a second, because I was fighting with Crutchlow, but I eventually managed to pull away and then it was just down to Cal and me.

"It was good battling with him, even if he could pass me back every time on the straight. I think we made a good job and I'd like to thank all the guys in the team for their hard work. It's a good way to start back after the summer break and now we can look forward to the next races."

Redding is expected to step up to the Factory class Gresini Honda, currently ridden by Alvaro Bautista, next season.