Donington : 125cc - Race
Scott Redding became the first ever British winner at Donington Park –and the youngest racewinner in Grand Prix history- in a thrilling 125cc race.
The MotoGP World Championship has a new British star, and a new youngest ever racewinner,
in 15 year-old Scott Redding. The Blusens Aprilia rider took home victory at the 125cc bwin.com British Grand Prix to delight the crowd and put himself into the record books.
Starting from the front row of the grid, Redding had been in contention for the win after closing down early leader Andrea Iannone. With six laps remaining, the two were out on their own, but the local hero did not even have to negotiate a pass on his Italian rival. Iannone took a heavy lowside under pressure from Redding, ending his chances of victory and clearing the way for the Briton to end his country´s 451 race run of 125cc races without a victory.
Displaying a cool that belied his years, Redding took the chequered flag with a salute to his team, before collecting the Union Jack flag for riotous ovation on his cool-down lap.
It was also an amazing race for series leader Mike di Meglio, who worked his way up from 20th on the grid for second place and retention of his championship position. The Ajo Motorsport rider battled throughout the 25 laps with some fierce rivals, and eventually won out from podium debutant Marc Marquez –the Repsol KTM rookie like Redding just 15 years of age.
Sergio Gadea was unable to close down the front three, coming home fourth ahead of previous World Championship leader and Donington poleman Simone Corsi, Tomoyoshi Koyama, Joan Olive, Takaaki Nakagami, Sandro Cortese and Bradley Smith completed the top ten.
Of those crashing out of the bwin.
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