Next Monday, Scott Redding will test at Valencia aboard his Suter, Honda-powered motorcycle in preparation for the Aragon Round of the MotoGP Championship. This test will come eight days after Redding was involved in the horrific crash at Misano that claimed the life of Shoya Tomizawa.
The 17-year-old Brit is still recovering after receiving 12 stitches in his lower back due to the fatal Misano crash. But beyond the physical pain, Redding continues to recover from the emotional pain he endured after hearing of Tomizawa’s death.
Scott Redding says: “I was gutted when I found out the news about Tomi and it still hasn’t really sunk in yet. He 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.”
“I don’t remember anything about the crash; one minute I was on the gas as normal and the rest is just a blank. I haven’t seen the crash on television, and I don’t want to, but I do know that I was very lucky to escape serious injury.”
Redding is focused on the Valencia test, knowing the test will be able to measure his physical fitness for the upcoming round of Moto2 in Spain.
Scott Redding says: “The wound to my back is already improving, and I’m determined to get back on the bike as soon as possible. We have a one-day test at Valencia next week, which will give me a chance to check everything is okay with my back, before heading to Aragón for the next race.”
Hector Faubel, Redding’s teammate, also commented about his admiration for Tomizawa, and a full recovery from Redding.
Hector Faubel says: “I rode some days together with Shoya when he arrived in the World Championship with Honda. He was the funniest guy in the paddock. It didn’t matter to him if you beat him in the last race or not, he still had time for you. He congratulated you if you won or even just had a good practice session.”
“I last saw Shoya at the Clinica Mobile on Saturday evening in Misano, when he greeted me with; ‘Faubel, good job in Indy. You were very strong and I’m happy for you.’ That’s the type of person he was.”
“My thoughts are also with Scott, who I’m sure will bounce back from this tragic weekend. It will be difficult, sure, but I’m certain he can do it. I look forward to seeing him on the bike again at Valencia during the test and back at the front of the pack in Aragón.”
Round 12 of Moto2 at Aragon takes place Sept. 17-19.