Redding "I wasn’t really expecting pole today"

Redding is the only Moto2 riders to secure two poles in 2013

Photo: MarcVDS

Moto2 championship leader Scott Redding will start the Italian Grand Prix in pole position following a tricky start to the weekend in mixed weather conditions.

The MarcVDS rider struggled in Friday’s free practices down to front end issues and suffered a big crash in FP3 this morning. Redding walked away unhurt but the bike was almost completely destroyed, forcing the 20 year old to miss the remainder of the session. Undeterred Redding headed out into qualifying in the afternoon and sat in the top three positions for the majority of the 40 minutes. He then topped the timing sheets with 15 minutes go and remained unchallenged, finishing 0.165 ahead of Nakagami in second. Redding’s final pole securing time was a 1.52.958. 

Redding’s pole position makes him the only rider to start from first position twice in 2013 “I wasn’t really expecting pole today, especially after the crash this morning. While it was a small crash for me, the same wasn’t true of the bike, which was pretty much wrecked. I have to say a big thank you to my mechanics, but also to Mika’s, as they all pitched in to get me a new bike built up for qualifying. After two laps I’d forgotten about this morning completely, despite a bit of a moment in the same place early on. The new bike felt better than the previous one, after a few set-up changes ahead of qualifying, so I was able to find a good rhythm straight away. Then it was just a case of staying out of the way and picking off the laps. I’m happy to be on pole for the second time this season, but now we need to focus on the race.”

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