Back to back podiums for Redding
Having struggled with set-up and sustained a knee injury in a collision during free practice, Scott knew today’s race would be a tough one. The 19-year-old Briton got a good start from the third row of the grid, battling his way up to fourth in the opening laps. Scott then battled hard with Marc Marquez for second place, before tyre issues forced him to let the Spanish rider go.
Lying third, Scott was unable to hold off a challenge from Tito Rabat at two-thirds distance, but regrouped and fought back to reclaim third position, which he then held to the chequered flag.
Scott’s back-to-back podiums, the first of his Grand Prix career, means the Marc VDS rider remains fifth in the championship standings, but closes to within 10 points of third placed Pol Espargaro. Mika Kallio is still one further place back in sixth.
Scott Redding: “After a difficult weekend, with bike problems and a crash with Toni Elias, I went into the race with a clear plan,” said Scott. “I knew where I had to overtake on the opening lap to make up places, so that’s exactly what I did. The battle with Marc Marquez didn’t go my way this time; out of the slower turns, like turn five, his weight advantage meant he could accelerate quicker out of the corner, so I just made sure I got in front of him going into the turn. It worked for a while, but he eventually managed to get away from me. Tito Rabat took third place for a few laps, but I could see he was struggling and I knew third place was mine. It’s great to be on the podium for the second time in two races and I’d like to say a big thank you to my team, who all kept their faith in me during what was, up until the race anyway, a difficult weekend.”
Source: Marc VDS Racing Press Release