Moto champ Scott free-wheels into running for gong
THE race to find our Sports Personality of the Year is hotting up.
Moto2 champion Scott Redding is the latest among a host of Gloucestershire sporting stars to be nominated for The Citizen and The Gloucestershire Echo Sports Awards.
Former Gloucester resident Dede Thorpe nominated the 20-year-old, who has had a remarkable season so far.
Thorpe explained: "He's the first Brit since Rod Gloud in 1971 to win back-to-back Moto2 and 250cc races.
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"And he is also the first Brit to win back-to-back races since Barry Sheene in 1977.
"Not forgetting Silverstone, which was a fantastic race that Scott won.
"He's worked really hard over the last five years and it's coming together. I am a great fan of our Gloucester golden boy."
Thorpe moved away from Gloucestershire to live in Fleckney in Leicestershire, but said her family keep The Citizen for her, so she can stay up to date with the latest news and sport from the county.
Redding, (inset) from Quedgely, topped the podium at Silverstone last month to strengthen his place at the top of the Moto2 World Championship rankings.
That win capped a huge month for the former Severn Vale School pupil after he penned a two-year contract to make the step up to race the elite racers in the world in MotoGP with Honda Gresini for next season.
Scott made history in June 2008 at Donnington, as he became the youngest rider of all time to win a Grand Prix race at the age of just 15.
However championship leader Redding had a tough weekend in San Marino at the Misano Marco Simoncelli circuit, where he could only secure a top-six finish.
Starting from fifth position on the grid the Quedgley-rider was up with the leaders in the opening laps but soon dropped off and was down and fighting for fifth position.
In a last-lap scrap the Marc VDS rider grabbed sixth position from Johan Zarco over the line.
With main championship rival Pol Espagraro winning the race it meant Redding's championship lead was cut to just 23 points.
But he remains positive.
"We were struggling a little bit all weekend, not a lot, but we knew it was going to be a hard race," he said.
In the beginning I could stay with the leading group, but I was pushing hard on the first half of the lap, just to make up the ground I was losing coming onto the back straight every time.
"It meant I used a lot of tyre and that cost me towards the end of the race.
"I did my best and managed to steal sixth from Zarco right at the end, so I'm not disappointed.
"But I'm obviously not happy to have seen my championship lead reduced to less than one race win again."