Scott Redding sees title advantage reduced, despite great race fightback
Scott Redding saw his championship lead reduced to just nine points, after he finished seventh in the Malaysian Moto2 Grand Prix at Sepang today.
Scott got a flyer from tenth on the grid to move into fourth at the first turn, but the race was red flagged when Axel Pons crashed on the opening lap and started a chain reaction that saw five riders end up in the gravel.
The race was restarted over 12 laps with the riders starting from their original grid positions. Scott was involved in an incident at turn one, when he was forced to sit up when Xavier Simeon got in too hot and collected Alex De Angelis on his way to the gravel trap.
The evasive action required to avoid the crash left Scott down in tenth position, but the 20-year-old Briton had forced his way through into seventh by the end of the opening lap. Redding then passed Takaaki Nakagami to take sixth at the halfway point in the race, but was unable to hold off the last lap challenge of Johann Zarco and had to settle for seventh at the chequered flag.
Scott now heads to the next race at Phillip Island determined to go all out for the win, as he seeks to reassert his authority on the championship that he’s led for much of the season.
Scott Redding #45 // 7th // @Reddingpower
“Just as I started to tip in to turn one at the restart I saw someone coming through, trying to win the race in the first corner, so I put the anchors on as Simeon wiped out himself and De Angelis out in front of me. That was it for me, because to run the same pace as the front-runners on the straight I needed to be with them, like in the first race, not chasing to catch up like at the restart. I did my best, but when you’ve got two straights back-to-back like this, it’s really hard to do anything. No matter how hard I brake, or how much corner speed I carry, I can’t make up the losses from the two straights. Now we need to go to Australia and win. At this point in the championship, with just three races remaining, it has to be all or nothing. We’ve lost points at the last three races, so now is the time to put it on the line and win again.”
Source: Marc VDS Racing