I want to get back on the podium again – Redding
QUEDGELEY'S Scott Redding finished in fourth position in a closely-fought battle for the Japanese Grand Prix, writes Alannah Fellows.
The Marc VDS rider's event started well, finishing fourth in combined free practice.
The 19-year-old then qualified on the front on the second row of the grid in fourth position.
Redding got a strong start and was running with the front group and was in podium positions.
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Redding and his Kalex chassis then slipped down into fourth and didn't have the power to get up to third.
"It was a hard race, especially with my wrist, which took a bit of a beating with the hard braking here at Motegi," said Redding.
"I couldn't stay with Esteve Rabat and Pol Espargaro when they went past me, as I was having a few problems. I thought I might be able to reel them back in, but then Tonis Elias started lunging up the inside at every turn and pushing us both wide on exit. It was inevitable that he was going to crash and then it was just a case of holding off Lüthi to the flag. It's a fourth place, which is good for the championship, but I want to be back on the podium again, and soon."
Redding's fourth position kept his fifth position in the world championship with three races to go, the next in a week's time at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.