He’d hoped … and hinted, with gym pictures. So we all hoped along too.
Today Scott Redding was ‘deemed fit to race’ in Japan and keep his title hopes alive with just two rounds remaining in this years Moto2 championship.
The Briton lost the lead he held just last weekend in Australia where a horrible turn of luck saw him fracture his left radius in qualifying and need a plate and six pins inserted. He was told not to use it at all for a week.
Yet after just four days of rehabilitation Redding felt fit enough to ride and after an assessment by the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit staff he was declared to be ‘fit to race’ but will be assessed again after his FP2 performance.
After missing the Australian GP entirely the 20-year-old saw a nine point lead turn into a sixteen point deficit to his main rival for the title, Pol Espargaro. Though he may not be up there fighting for the win, taking points and pressuring the Spaniard by just turning up could be enough to see the enthralling Moto2 championship fight go all the way to the final round in Valencia.
Here’s the Marc VDS team’s Redding quote from the press release in full as it illustrates his determination perfectly:
“There was no way I was going home after Australia, not when there was even an outside chance I could ride in Japan. Even after the surgery on Sunday morning I knew I was going to Japan to try and ride. The surgery was a success, Dr. Andrew Oppy and his staff did a great job, and the recovery has been exactly as expected. From Sunday morning onwards I’ve been working to restore the movement and strength in my left hand and, as the medical staff here at Motegi have now confirmed, I’m fit to ride. I have to undergo another assessment after the two free practice sessions tomorrow, but I’ll know straight away whether it’s possible to race. If I’m fit to race then the goal has to be to ensure the championship battle goes down to the final round in Valencia, for which I’ll have had more recovery time.”
#wantit Scott! (yes, I know this isn’t Twitter, but it’s exciting news!!)