Scott Redding: ‘I made more moves than Michael Jackson’

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Scott Redding had boasted prior to an epic Estoril Moto2 race last weekend that he would need to pull off more moves than Michael Jackson having qualified in a dismal 25th.

So it was perhaps fitting that he produced a thriller performance after the rising British star finished just 0.012s off the podium.

The 17-year-old started the last lap in eighth but produced a series of breathtaking overtakes to move into fourth and he was just pipped to a third Moto2 podium by Alex de Angelis.

“Michael Jackson would have been proud of some of those moves, “beamed Redding, who struggled initially on a damp track with a hard Dunlop rear tyre choice.

The Marc VDS Racing rider said: “On the wet parts with that hard rear it was ridiculously loose. Once it dried I was pulling some mega moves and there were a few tight ones to say the least.

"I think I had more contact in those last few laps than I’ve had in my whole career. It was one of the best races I’ve been in and it got a bit close at times, but I got so carried away I thought there were five laps to go when I saw the chequered flag.

"I’m happy to come from 25th to fourth but a bit disappointed that I only just missed the podium.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt