British MarcVDS Moto2 star Scott Redding secured the first intermediate class win of his career in tricky conditions at Le Mans this afternoon. The Gloucester youngster emulated former 250cc rider Alan Carter, who took victory at the French circuit some thirty years earlier, and with it extending his championship lead to 24 points as his nearest rivals crashed out of the reckoning, unable to cope with the changing surface conditions.
|Redding on his way to his maiden Moto2 victory at Le Mans
Photo: MarcVDS Racing
Redding went backwards as the lights changed, unable to find the required grip in the middle of the front row and arrived at the Dunlop Chicane in 9th place. 2013 has already seen the more mature approach from Redding to his racecraft and, rather than panicking and over-riding his Kalex machine, he settled in to a rhythm that kept the front group in sight knowing he had the ultimate pace when required. With the departure of Rabat and Espargaro in unison at Museum and Nakagami not long after, Redding seized his chance from local hero Zarco and took a deserved victory after the race was red flagged two laps short as the predicted rain moved in.
A jubilant Redding said “It’s an amazing feeling to have taken the win today, in what were very difficult conditions. It’s a fitting reward for the team, who have all worked so hard for this win and, to them, I have to say a big thank you. I also owe a lot to Marc van der Straten for his support, so it was great that we had the chance to stand together on the top step of the podium today. The win also puts me back on the top of the championship standings, but this time with a bit more of an advantage, so I’m happy with that. Now we go to Mugello, where I’ll definitely be looking for more of the same!”