Scott Redding And Stefan Bradl Passed Fit For Motegi

Scott Redding will attempt to ride this weekend at Motegi, less than a week after fracturing his wrist in a crash during qualifying at Phillip Island. The Marc VDS Racing rider underwent a medical examination at the Motegi Twin Ring circuit, and was passed fit to attempt to ride during free practice on Friday, after which he will have to undergo another examination to see how his fractured radius is holding up.

Redding's crash during qualifying in Australia saw him fracture the tip of the radius, one of the two bones in the forearm, just where it attaches to the thumb side of the wrist. He had surgery to pin the fracture on Saturday night, and since then he has been having physiotherapy to try to prepare for Sunday's race. With Espargaro winning at Phillip Island, Redding lost his lead in the Moto2 championship, but the difference is still just 16 points. Redding will hope to score enough points at Motegi to take the championship fight to Valencia, in just over two weeks time.

The weather at Motegi may help. With wet sessions likely throughout practice and qualifying, the stresses on his wrist at the notoriously hard-braking circuit should at least be less than normal, giving his wrist a little longer to recover. With Sunday looking set to be dry, Redding will be grateful of any help he can get.

Stefan Bradl was also passed fit. The German has also been undergoing therapy since fracturing his ankle in Sepang, and is now well on the way to recovery. Bradl had tried to race at Phillip Island, but the pain and weakness had been too much, and so doctors had ruled him unfit after an initial session of practice. He is now ready to make a full return to racing, and will take part at Motegi from Friday morning.

Below is the press release from the Marc VDS Racing team on Redding being passed fit to ride:


Redding passed fit to ride at Motegi

Twin Ring Motegi, Japan - 24 October 2013: Scott Redding has been deemed fit to ride in this weekend's penultimate Moto2 race at Motegi, after passing a medical at the circuit this afternoon.

The 20-year-old Briton fractured the radius in his left arm in a qualifying crash at Phillip Island, but underwent surgery at the Epworth Hospital in Melbourne on the Saturday evening, with a plate and six screws being inserted to repair the damage.

After four days of rehabilitation therapy under the direction of Clinica Mobile staff, Redding declared himself ready to race this weekend in Japan.

The final hurdle to his return, an assessment by circuit medical staff, proved no problem for Redding and he will return to the track for Friday's opening free practice session just six days after his Phillip Island qualifying crash.

Redding will undergo a further assessment by circuit medical staff after FP2 on Friday, which he will also need to pass if he is to participate for the remainder of the weekend.

After missing the race in Australia due to the injury, Redding currently trails Pol Espargaro by 16 points in the championship standings. While reversing the situation this weekend may not be possible, ensuring the title battle goes down to the wire in Valencia is Redding's ultimate goal.

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"There was no way I was going home after Australia, not when there was even an outside chance I could ride in Japan. Even after the surgery on Sunday morning I knew I was going to Japan to try and ride. The surgery was a success, Dr. Andrew Oppy and his staff did a great job, and the recovery has been exactly as expected. From Sunday morning onwards I've been working to restore the movement and strength in my left hand and, as the medical staff here at Motegi have now confirmed, I'm fit to ride. I have to undergo another assessment after the two free practice sessions tomorrow, but I'll know straight away whether it's possible to race. If I'm fit to race then the goal has to be to ensure the championship battle goes down to the final round in Valencia, for which I'll have had more recovery time."

More information and high resolution images are available on the Marc VDS Racing Team website at www.marcvds.com

Scott Redding will attempt to ride this weekend at Motegi, less than a week after fracturing his wrist in a crash during qualifying at Phillip Island. The Marc VDS Racing rider underwent a medical examination at the Motegi Twin Ring circuit, and was passed fit to attempt to ride during free practice on Friday, after which he will have to undergo another examination to see how his fractured radius is holding up.Redding's crash during qualifying in Australia saw him fracture the tip of the radius, one of the two bones in the forearm, just where it attaches to the thumb side of the wrist. He had surgery to pin the fracture on Saturday night, and since then he has been having physiotherapy to try to prepare for Sunday's race. With Espargaro winning at Phillip Island, Redding lost his lead in the Moto2 championship, but the difference is still just 16 points. Redding will hope to score enough points at Motegi to take the championship fight to Valencia, in just over two weeks time.The weather at Motegi may help. With wet sessions likely throughout practice and qualifying, the stresses on his wrist at the notoriously hard-braking circuit should at least be less than normal, giving his wrist a little longer to recover. With Sunday looking set to be dry, Redding will be grateful of any help he can get.

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