Scott Redding stars in Blue Peter

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What do you do if you want to find out how the likes of Valentino Rossi learned the skills that made him one of the greatest riders on the planet?

Get riding lessons from British sensation Scott Redding of course.

Britain’s brightest prospect for years was drafted in to give instructions and advice for a special feature to be aired on Blue Peter this Wednesday.

Providing Redding with the one of the toughest challenges of his young career, presenter Joel Defries had never driven or ridden anything with a motor before, yet Blusens Aprilia rider Redding had to teach him how to ride and race in just three hours once static filming had finished.

Redding, who created history by becoming the youngest rider in history to win a GP when he won the British 125GP race at Donington Park in June, kick-started his road to stardom in mini-moto racing.

Defries joined Redding during a round of the Minimoto Racing Association championship round at Whilton Mill near Daventry last month. Not surprinsigly Defries brought up the rear in his races while Redding, who made the shortlist for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award in Liverpool next month, finished second.

Redding, who could be out on his 2009 factory-backed Aprilia 125GP machine in Jerez later this month, said: “It was really good fun. He’d never even driven a car before let alone ride a bike, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but he ended up going pretty good in the end. Hopefully he learned something and enjoyed it. I had a good laugh though it felt a bit strange trying to teach something to somebody else that to me feels so natural.”

The show will be screened at 4.35pm on Wednesday, November 19.

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt