Scott Redding ready to get back on his bike after Shoya Tomizawa crash horror

Teenage motorcycle star Scott Redding will be back on a bike tomorrow just eight days after being involved in the crash that killed his friend, Shoya Tomizawa, in Misano.

The 19-year-old Japanese rider died after falling from his motorcycle and being hit by Alex de Angelis and Redding, who had no chance of taking evasive action in the Moto2 race at the San Marino Grand Prix.
Gloucester-born Redding, 17, the youngest rider in history to win a Grand Prix, has spent the week following the accident with his best friend, 125GP rider Danny Webb, in Malaga, Spain.

Redding suffered a laceration in his lower back that required 12 stitches after he was thrown several metres into the air at close to 140mph before coming to rest more than 100m from the point of impact.

Getting back on track: Scott Redding (right)
Getting back on track: Scott Redding (right)

‘We’ve been in Spain trying to get Scott fully fit and mentally prepared for the next race at Aragon,’ said Webb, 19, who has been friends with Redding since he was 10 years old and they competed together in mini moto
Redding has been able to go on long walks to keep mobile and is set to take part in a one-day test at Valencia for his Marc VDS Racing team ahead of next weekend’s race.

Webb added: ‘Tomizawa, Scott and I were all friends. It’s difficult, but you’ve got to get on the right side of it and be really strong and positive. Tomizawa wouldn’t want anyone to be sad. He would want everyone to be having a good time, as he would be.

‘You’ve just got to try to get your head down and refresh your mind. Scott is being strong now. He’s ready to get back on the bike. What happened is a tragedy, but nobody could have done anything to change it. It’s hard to say, but that’s what can happen in racing.’

Redding, who was knocked unconscious in the crash, has no recollection of the incident, but has since watched a video of the race.

‘We had it on in the house,’ said Webb, who rides for Andalucia Cajasol. ‘He knows what’s happened. It’s put his mind at rest.

‘We could not live without motorcycle racing. We’re both going to get out there and do the best we can. Scott can’t wait to mix it with the top lot again. He’ll be there at Aragon, back at the front, I’m sure.’

Track tragedy: Young Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa lies fatally hurt on a stretcher after crashing during the Moto2 race at the San Marino Grand Prix
Track tragedy: Young Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa lies fatally hurt on a stretcher after crashing during the Moto2 race at the San Marino Grand Prix

Tomizawa’s crash was the second fatal accident in a week at a Grand Prix following
the death of 13-year-old Peter Lenz in a support race at Indianapolis. The sport was stunned by both tragedies.

Bradley Smith, 19, who is Britain’s most successful Grand Prix rider since Barry Sheene and competes in the 125cc category with Webb, said: ‘This puts everything
into perspective. I was sat there at Misano in a bit of a strop because I’d had engine problems. But I’m still in one piece and ready to go to the next race.’

James Toseland, a double world Superbike champion and former MotoGP rider, said: ‘Racing is a passion you have from a kid, it’s not a job.

‘There are no words to describe the loss, but as a professional racer he died doing what he loved doing. There’s no shame in that. Not everyone understands why people would consider the sacrifice. It’s very difficult to explain.’

The race next weekend is certain to be emotional as the sport mourns the loss of one of its rising stars.
Redding said in a team statement: ‘Tomizawa was a really good guy and will definitely be missed in the paddock and on the track. My thoughts are with his family, friends and team, who all suffered a huge loss at the weekend.’

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