Scott Redding's Moto2 championship assault has been struck a massive blow, after the 20-year-old Englishman crashed during qualifying practice and fractured his left wrist. Redding was heading through the very fast Turn 12 when the rear end of his Marc VDS Racing Kalex Moto2 bike started to step out on him, and his attempt to control it started the bike bucking and weaving, and then threw him off the machine and onto the ground. He was first taken to the circuit medical center, where he was diagnosed with a fractured left wrist.
From there, Redding was transported to Epworth Hospital in Melbourne for further examination. There, doctors decided to operate on Redding's wrist on Saturday night to pin the fracture. Redding's condition will be assessed after the surgery, and a decision made on whether Redding could ride or not later this evening. The chances of the Englishman being able to ride are very, very slim. Marc VDS Racing manager - and Scott Redding's personal manager - Michael Bartholemy told British newspaper MCN that Redding's health was the main priority, rather than chasing the 2013 title.
If Redding does not race, it will make winning the Moto2 championship extremely difficult. Pol Espargaro trails Redding in the title race by just 9 points, and the Spaniard starts the race from pole position. Although the Moto2 race has been shortened to 13 laps, which would make it easier on a newly-operated wrist, Phillip Island is a track with a lot of left hand corners, placing a lot of strain on a rider's left wrist. With both Motegi and Valencia coming up, two tracks with much more hard braking, focusing on a full recovery would appear to be the better option for Redding.
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It looks like Redding will miss both Phillip Island and Motegi, and make a return at Valencia. In a posting on the official Marc VDS Racing Moto2 Facebook page, the team announced that the goal now is a return to racing at the final round of the season in Valencia.