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Moto2 Results: Redding extends championship lead at Indianapolis

Redding finished third in Indianapolis after a closely fought battle with Pol Espagaro.
Redding finished third in Indianapolis after a closely fought battle with Pol Espagaro.
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by Daniel Mackrell

Scott Redding managed to extend his lead at the top of the Moto2 league to 26 points in the race at Indianapolis, but it was far from easy for the British rider.

Redding finished third on the weekend (16-18 August), after a closely fought battle with his closest challenger Pol Espargaro who finished in fourth.

The trouble started during qualifying when an altercation saw Espagaro follow close behind Redding with the hope of having the British rider tow him along.

The British rider eventually decided to risk going through the pits to get away from Espagaro.

Scott Redding said: "Pol was following me and I definitely didn't want to tow him round to a quicker time than me.

"I wanted to do my lap on my own so the only option I had was to ride through the pits.

"I was cutting it a bit fine because the pit lane is quite long here but I just got my head down and went for it and nailed a great lap."

The move resulting in him starting the race in pole position after qualifying with the fastest time, although less than one second separated him from Danny Kent who was the 20th fastest.

The race was eventually won by Espargaro's Tuenti HP 40 team mate Esteve Rabat, who is third in the overall standings, and Takaaki Nakagami finished in second place.

Rabat will be pleased with the victory, which is his second of the season, but it wasn't until Lap 23 (out of 25) that he went past Nakagami to take the lead.

The current Moto 2 leader got in front early on, and made the most of his start in pole position, but he was soon overtaken by Japan's Nakagami.

The 26 point advantage means that no matter how Redding finishes next week in the Czech Republic, he will be racing on his home track in Silverstone as the Moto 2 leader in two weeks.

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