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Scott Redding reflects on 'great result' in front of home fans

'It was a good, clean fight; a great result and I hope the crowd enjoyed it as much as I did' - Scott Redding
Scott Redding claimed a sensational runner-up finish in the Moto2 race at Silverstone following a gripping showdown in the closing stages with Marc Marquez.

The British ace and fellow countryman Bradley Smith also put on a show for their home fans as they locked horns in the early stages before Redding forced his way to the front.

The Marc VDS rider was overhauled by Pol Espargaro, who managed to break the chasing pack as Redding became embroiled in a battle with Marquez and Andrea Iannone.

As Iannone dropped off the pace, Redding and Marquez were left to battle it out for the runner-up spot, with the 19-year-old Briton gaining the upper hand on a thrilling final lap.

Redding moved into second early on the last lap but was passed by Marquez on the straight.

However, not to be outdone, Redding made a hard pass on the brakes and defended his position to the chequered flag.

“The start of the race was a bit hectic as both me and Bradley wanted to be the top Brit, so the battle at the front was, shall we say, a bit aggressive!” he said.

“Once I was through and into the lead I was able to find a good rhythm that was easy on the tyres but still fast enough to make it difficult for the riders chasing me.

“Eventually they caught me and as Espargaro went through, I got involved in a bit of a ding-dong with Marquez and Iannone that held us all up a bit.

“I knew it was going to be a bit of a scrap with Marquez on the last lap and I wasn't wrong,” Redding added.

“I passed him early, he came back on the straight, so I stuck it up his inside on the brakes.

“He was struggling with the bike, but he still tried to come back at me in the final corner, but I was having none of it.

“It was a good, clean fight; a great result and I hope the crowd enjoyed it as much as I did.”

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Penelope Pitstop - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 12:59 PM

Great result for Scott, he really deserved it. He was a like a dog with a bone - he just wouldn't give it up! Sometimes I think there are a few people with the memories of goldfish on this site. Last year Scott's results were awful but suddenly this year he is a god, why is that? Obviously he is riding a better bike than Bradley and whilst they were both very aggressive in the opening stages you could see there was only going to be one outcome as Bradley was working his bike much harder than Scott was with his smooth Kalex. Hell, even Repsol Marquez was having great trouble keeping Scott out! To be fair to Scott and Bradley its difficult to see who is the better rider as they seem never to be on competitve bikes at the same time. I'm just glad we Brits have two oustandingly good riders flying the flag.


June 18, 2012 12:11 PM

I don't understand why Bradley Smith is the darling of the British public. Scott Redding is a much faster rider who seems to adapt much better and fight a lot harder. Hope he moves to MotoGP instead of BS. It was nice to see him ride a thinking race and seize the opportunity at the end. That wasn't a nobody he beat to the line...

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