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MotoGP Misano: Redding: I never expected this

Britain's Scott Redding earns debut MotoGP podium at Misano after pulling himself out of the gravel trap to fight his way to stunning third.
Scott Redding claimed his debut MotoGP podium with a tenacious performance on an extraordinary day at Misano.

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider clinched a battling third on the Marc VDS Honda against the odds after sliding into the gravel on the sixth lap at Turn 4.

Undeterred, Redding rejoined the race and after switching to his dry set-up bike began to scythe his way through the field, eventually closing down Forward Yamaha's Loris Baz to snatch a sensational third place behind Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and fellow Briton Bradley Smith on a memorable day for the 22-year-old.

“It was interesting because when I was in the beginning of the race and it started to rain I thought I had nothing to lose, so I pushed as hard as I could with the slick tyre and pushed a bit too much,” Redding said.

“I just locked the front and went straight and couldn't stop the bike before I entered the gravel. I tried to get on the gas to turn the bike, similar to Marc [Marquez] in Barcelona, but nothing was there because the traction control was cutting in a lot.

“Then I crashed, so I thought the race was done but I tried to get up as fast as possible and get back to the pit lane. I saw that Yonny [Hernandez] and Aleix [Espargaro] were not yet past me, so I thought we were still in a good position if it rains,” he added.

“I changed to the rain tyre and had a really bad feeling; I couldn't get the tyre up to temperature and when it came up to temperature, it was already drying too much so I was in 28th position or something, so I just thought I'd go and take the slick tyre again.

“I pushed and pushed to try and make some good lap times and the position came down and I was P4, so I felt something must be wrong because I had one crash and changed two times.

“I saw seven seconds to Loris [Baz] and I did everything possible to try to catch him as fast as possible in case some more rain was coming and that was it.”

A rostrum finish at the Marco Simoncelli Circuit was beyond Redding's wildest expectations but the Pramac-bound prospect gambled and gained his just rewards.

“I saw third position and I didn't expect it. I'm happy to be here and I didn't expect it today when I woke up,” said Redding.

“I've taken the most out of a difficult situation. This season has been tough for us but we still try every day, every weekend to make it happen and I think it's just nice one time to be on the podium with this bike this year and for the team also – they work hard all the time and we just had to take that bit more of a gamble today and I did that and we got a bit of reward for it.”

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September 13, 2015 7:16 PM

FLtrooper: The last thing Redding needs for his ego is a lucky podium! Good riddance next year when Petrucci out rides him! :)
So much hate,looks like you're in a club with no members at the minute What does the FL stand for Looser. Credit to Realist for acknowledging a good result.


September 13, 2015 7:25 PM

@FLtrooper You hate the brits we get it. Unfortunately for you 2 of them were on the box today. And just cuz you put a smiley face at the end of your rude comments doesnt make them friendly or okay. Smith is laughing all the way to top satelite this year pointing his finger at guys like you.

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