Sepang MotoGP: Scott Redding continues brilliant form

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British rider Scott Redding’s brilliant recent form continued in Sepang today after he ended a rain-hit Moto2 practice session in second position.

The Marc VDS Racing rider only completed 11-laps in a session run under dark clouds and spectacular bolts of lightning to clock a best time of 2.09.774.

That was just 0.188s slower than Alex de Angelis, who completed six more laps than Redding.

Redding is chasing a fifth successive front row start for Sunday’s Sepang clash and the 17-year-old said: "It was obvious from the start it was going to rain at some point in the session, but we decided not to let the weather influence our practice plan. I went out on the Motegi settings to get some laps under my belt; the bike felt pretty good from the off and I was quick to find my rhythm. I had a bit of a scare three laps in when one of the wild-card riders braked early for turn one, but I just managed to squeeze past at full chat without collecting him! It was a good session, if a bit short because of the rain halfway through. We need to improve rear traction a little for tomorrow, as well as shortening the gearing slightly. Other than that the bike was pretty much spot on and I'm looking forward to a tomorrow morning's practice, which I hope will be dry."

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt