Scott Redding escapes serious injury

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British rider Scott Redding escaped serious injury in the horrific Moto2 crash in Misano yesterday that claimed the life of emerging Japanese star Shoya Tomizawa.

Tomizawa lost control of his Suter MMX machine on lap 12 of the race and was struck first by Alex de Angelis and then by Marc VDS Racing rider Redding.

Both had no chance to take evasive action with Tomizawa losing control at close to 140mph on one of the fastest sections of the Misano track.

Tomizawa later died from serious multiple injuries in a Riccione Hospital.

Redding was thrown well over 100 metres down the track after hitting Tomizawa and he needed lengthy treatment in the circuit’s medical centre with initial fears that he’d broken his pelvis.

Redding needed stitches in a nasty gash to his lower back but the Gloucestershire teenager was devastated upon learning of Tomizawa’s death as a result of severe head, chest and abdominal trauma.

Redding’s Marc VDS Racing team boss said: “Scott's crash was a big one, so we are thankful that the only injury he sustained was a minor laceration on his back. We were deeply saddened by the news that Shoya Tomizawa succumbed to the injuries sustained in a crash during the Moto2 race.

"He was a respected rival and will be sorely missed in the paddock. Like everyoe in the Marc VDS Racing Team, my thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt