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125: Redding stuns with British GP victory!
22 June 2008
15-year-old Scott Redding has taken a stunning debut grand prix victory in Sunday's 125cc British GP at Donington Park - making him the youngest ever winner of a motorcycle grand prix and the first British rider to win at home since Ian McConnachie in the 80cc race at Silverstone in 1986!
Riding in only his eighth grand prix, Redding had qualified on the outside of the front row and made some brave moves to climb up to second behind runaway early leader Andrea Iannone.
Redding then steadily chipped away at Iannone's advantage and caught the Italian with 10 of the 25 laps to go. The Blusens Aprilia rider continued to taunt Iannone until the IC Team Aprilia rider, attempting to respond, lost the front at the top of Craner Curves with six laps to go.
Iannone's mistake was met with a roar from the home crowd, as Redding inherited a six-second lead he comfortably held right to the chequered flag - the youngster crossing the line with a casual wave of the hand as he rode into British motorcycling history, before wrapping a Union Jack around his neck and bowing to the fans.
Scott's incredible achievement marked the first grand prix victory by a British rider since Jeremy McWilliams' 2001 250cc triumph at the Dutch TT. Redding's previous best GP finish was fifth position in the Qatar season opener while a British rider had never won a grand prix at Donington Park before. Donington has hosted the British Grand Prix since 1987.
"Unbelievable!" beamed Redding. "After first qualifying I got on the front row, which was great considering I had never raced here before... It's unbelievable to get my first podium by standing on the top step. It hasn't sunk in yet!"
A distant second best behind Redding was world championship leader Mike di Meglio, who began the race from just 20th on the grid, but carved his way forward to take third by the halfway stage - by which point Redding and Iannone were long gone.
Another grand prix rookie - albeit on a factory bike - Marc Marquez completed the podium with his first top three finish for Repsol KTM. Both Redding and Marquez were too young to be given champagne on the podium!
Title contender and Donington Park pole sitter Simone Corsi finished fifth and is now 23 points behind di Meglio.
Next best Briton across the line after Redding was Bradley Smith, in tenth. The third full time British 125GP rider, Danny Webb, failed to finish the opening lap.
Race results - Donington Park:
1. Redding (Aprilia)
2. di Meglio (Derbi) +5.324secs
3. Marquez (KTM) +5.806secs
4. Gadea (Aprilia) +13.990secs
5. Corsi (Aprilia) +16.855secs
6. Koyama (KTM) +17.181secs
7. Olive (Derbi) +18.014secs
8. Nakagimi (Aprilia) +18.222secs
9. Cortese (Aprilia) +18.444secs
10. Smith (Aprilia) +18.891secs
Webb (Aprilia) DNF
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