Sunday, June 22, 2008

Redding Shows the Way - MotoGP Donington

15 year old Scott Redding gave James Toseland a salutory lesson in how to behave in front of your home crowd by winning the 125cc class at the British MotoGP in Donington Park.  Redding rode his way to being the youngest ever winner of a MotoGP and the first rider to win at home since  1986.

In contrast James Toseland, who had been having problems with rear grip, finished the 800cc MotoGP in last position after losing the back end of his bike on the first corner and crashing out and then re-mounting.  Toseland has raced on the Donington circuit many times and knows the track well whereas Redding had never raced there before today.

Toselands performances had been more than respectable in his races to date and maybe the pressure of pulling off the miracle podium in front of the home crowd was just too much.

Photo from Scott Redding Web.