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Mugello Moto2: Redding powers to Italy victory

Scott Redding wins the Italian Moto2 Grand Prix at Mugello to extend his title lead.
By Lisa Lewis

Marc VDS star Scott Redding took victory in the Italian Moto2 Grand Prix, making him the first double winner of the season courtesy of back-to-back wins.

Redding now leads the championship by a massive 43 points after a smart race, taking advantage of his pace over Mapfre Aspar rider Nico Terol, who appeared to allow the 20 year-old Brit to pass only for him to take control and ease away.

The Gloucester rider is also only the third Briton to win at Mugello, following in the footsteps of legend Barry Sheene who won the 500cc race in 1976 and Bradley Smith the 125cc race winner in 2009.

Redding becomes the first British rider since Rod Gould in 1971 to win back-to-back races in the intermediate class. It is also the first time he has won from a pole start.

Terol took his second podium of the year, while managing tyres and chattering, with second place.

The Spanish rider had good form coming into the race having previously been on the podium three times in Mugello in the 125cc class, including a win in 2011.

Terol is now also second in the championship on the same points score as Marc VDS man Mika Kallio but placed ahead due to his race win in Austin.

Johann Zarco secured his first podium since moving to Moto2, he was happy to settle for third for the Came Iodaracing Project after a long fight for second with Terol.

Pol Espargaro showed some great damage limitation, using his saved tyres from hanging down the order to power his Tuenti HP 40 Pons bike into fourth over the closing laps, but unable to catch the front three who were well clear of the chasing pack.

Mika Kallio found himself pushed down to fifth by the flying Spaniard, he crossed the line ahead of Aspar's Jordi Torres with whom he had enjoyed a race long battle for position.

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June 02, 2013 2:21 PM

Scott deserves a Moto GP ride so much more than Bradley. Great ride and the belief is really there now. As for the BT petition it will save me money as i have BT anyway and pay for Moto GP pass as BBC is so poor. Would rather pay £80 a year than listen to Cox.

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