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Le Mans Moto2: Debut win for Redding in tricky conditions
19 May 2013
By Lisa Lewis
Incredible overtaking saw Marc VDS rider Scott Redding cut through the pack and dominate the Le Mans race for his first Moto2 victory.
Redding remained at the front when the rain finally arrived at the French circuit, with the red flag stopping the race after 22 laps.
It is also the first win for the Belgian Marc VDS Team, who had much to celebrate as Mika Kallio was in second on the last completed lap giving the team the top two places on the podium.
Belgians had a lot to celebrate as Xavier Simeon secured third for desguaces La Torre Maptaq, completing an all Kalex rostrum.
Fighting hard all race, one time leader Frenchman Johann Zarco went faster than his qualifying time in an effort to win his home Grand Prix, the Came Ioda Racing Project rider had to settle for fourth as the fastest Suter rider.
Redding's win, the first by a non-Spaniard this season in any class, means he now leads the world championship standings by 24 points from Tuenti HP 40 Pons Tito Rabat.
Rabat and his team-mate both fell simultaneously in the early stages leaving them out of the points and Takaaki Nakagami crashed out shortly after with a three second lead.
Also falling were Austin race winner Nico Terol and Interwetten rider Tom Luthi.
Fellow Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter faired better with a strong ride placing his Technomag carXpert machine in fifth, with Mattia Pasini having his best race of the season just behind in sixth for NGM Mobile racing, the first of the Speed Up runners to cross the line.
Mike Di Meglio had a good run at his home race. The sole Motobi rider in the field finishing seventh for Jir.
Julian Simon scored some points for Italtrans after Nakagami crashed out with an eighth place finish.
Ant West's wet weather credentials helped in the tricky conditions scoring him ninth for QMMF. Alex De Angelis completed the top ten for Ngm Mobile Forward racing.
Also in the points were Randy Krummenacher in 11th (Technomag carXpert), Simone Corsi on 12th (NGM Mobile Racing), Sandro Cortese in 13th , his first points in his rookie season for the Dynavolt Intact GP team, Marcel Schrotter in 14th (Desguaces La Torre SAG) with the final point going to Tech3's Louis Rossi.
His team-mate Danny Kent was just outside the points in 16th. Fellow Brit Kyle Smith didn't finish for Blusens Avintia completing a hard day for the team as Toni Elias had problems before the race had even started with a broken radiator. The Spanish former champion had been fastest in warm-up but failed to finish.
Wild card Gino Rea retired with 16 laps to go with mechanical issues after running as high as 12th place. He went back out for some extra track time and recorded finishing 26th but 10 laps down.
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