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MotoGP Aragon: Redding podiums with split stitches

Scott Redding put in the gutsiest race of the year so far when he took his fourth Moto2 podium at Motorland Aragon yesterday even though the stitches that were holding his skin together post-surgery split open with nine laps to go.

Redding underwent an operation to cure the carpal tunnel syndrome, as it is properly known, last week but such was the frantic nature of the race and very hard braking areas, the stitches couldn't cope and popped open.

"I knew I had the speed there, it was a question of whehter my hand could hold on the for the whole race. I was riding the pain to the podium - my scar split open with nine laps to go but it was alright. Now I have had the operation, I don't have to worry about the numbness, I can just focus, and I was pretty focused for that race," said Redding, speaking at Aragon.


"I opted to go with painkillers for the race and I'm glad I did, but every lap was so busy I probably wouldn't have even noticed the pain anyway. The battle with Marquez was a good one. I managed to pass him a couple of times only for him to pass me back on the straight.

"I didn't want to slow us both down by continually passing him in the corners, as I wanted to catch Iannone, which we eventually did. Marquez managed to pull a gap, but Iannone couldn't get away and I eventually managed to pass him for third with a bit of a risky move at the corkscrew. It's a great result and I'd like to say a big thank you to the team and the guys in the Clinica Mobile for making it possible."

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