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VALENCIA12.02.2014

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Despite the pain from the injuries to his back and wrist, Redding finished the 2013 season as Moto2 world vice-champion.

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VALENCIAThe Races
With a wrist he fractured at Phillip Island and a well bruised back in Motegi, Scott Redding had all the merit of a fight to the finish in the last Grand Prix of the season. Taking fifteenth place in his last race in Moto2, the British rider finished not far behind his teammate Mika Kallio. Due to problems with his rear tire, Kallio had to settle for twelfth place after starting out with the aim of make it to the podium. In MotoGP, Stefan Bradl ended his second season in the premier-class category with an honest sixth place. In Moto3, Efren Vazquez finished fifth hard on the wheels of Alex Marquez while Miguel Olivieira made it to the top ten once again.

The Championship
Moto2 World Vice-Champion, Scott Redding will no doubt regret for many years his fall during the practice test sessions of the Australian Grand Prix which cost him the title. With Mika Kallio’s fourth place, the Marc VDS team still scored a hat trick, making it one of the benchmarks in the intermediate class of Grand Prix racing. In MotoGP, Stefan Bradl also paid the consequences of his broken ankle in the practice test sessions for the Grand Prix of Malaysia. After pulling out at Sepang and Phillip Island, the rider of the Honda LCR team ended the season in seventh place with 156 points, fifteen points behind Alvaro Bautista who is next in the overall standings. In the Moto3 class, Miguel Oliveira and Efren Vazquez respectively rank sixth and ninth behind the handlebars of the highly promising Mahindra.

The Background
Next year, Scott Redding will debut in the MotoGP class aboard a Honda RCV1000R. For his last race for the Marc VDS team, the British rider wanted to shine and defend his second place overall in the Moto2 championship. Unfortunately, the injuries caused by his crashes in Australia and Japan wrecked what should have been a party. “I suffered all weekend,” regretted the Brit. “I had pain in my back and wrist, and on a circuit with a lot of curves making it difficult to breathe, I really struggled to finish the race. I didn’t want to take any painkillers, so I just gritted my teeth. I’m happy enough to have reached the finish line, because gaining that one point gave me second place in the championship regardless of the result of Tito Rabat.” Redding’s courage and determination were hailed by Michael Bartholemy, manager of the Marc VDS team: “I’m sure Scott will be a contender for the MotoGP title in the coming seasons. I would like to thank him for the four seasons he’s ridden with us. It goes without saying that we wish him all the best for his future career and his move up to MotoGP. The Marc VDS team will miss him.”

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