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British MotoGP: Redding unperturbed by weight of expectation

'I know some riders who feel under pressure because of the expectation, but I like it' Scott Redding
Moto2 World Championship leader Scott Redding isn't fazed by the challenge of competing at his home Grand Prix.

The Marc VDS Racing prospect carries the weight of expectation on his shoulders at Silverstone this weekend but the MotoGP-bound 20-year-old is ready to embrace the occasion.

Redding, who has confirmed he will make the step up to the premier class in 2014, finished on the rostrum in second place last year and intends to go one better on Sunday.

“Your home Grand Prix is always special, mainly because of the fans. You can feel the support when you're there and you can see it everywhere you go,” he said.

“It's a special feeling to know all these people have come out to support you and the other British riders.

“When you go out on track for a session and you see all flags and banners in the stands, you get goose bumps. Not just the first time; every time,” added Redding, who won the 125cc Grand Prix race in 2008 at Donington Park.

“And then there's the clapping and cheering, which really motivates you and makes you feel almost invincible.

“The support really is incredible, but in the race you don't tend to see it, because you're focused on the race.

“Last year was different though. When I overtook Marc Marquez last season I could see everyone standing up and cheering on the last lap after they'd seen the pass on the big screens.

“It was a bit like at Donington in 2008 when I won my first race; you just feel a change in the atmosphere around the track. It's incredible.”

The pressure of a home Grand Prix can be a considerable burden on any rider but Redding is unperturbed and thrives on the scenario.

“It adds to the motivation, without a doubt. I know some riders who feel under pressure because of the expectation, but I like it,” he said.

“It adds to the feeling of invincibility knowing that everyone is there, cheering you on and hoping to see you on the podium, preferably the top step.

Tagged as: redding , Marquez , marc vds

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August 27, 2013 11:20 AM

It was fantastic watching Redding beat Marquez last year, the crowd went mad on that last lap. We'll be there again this year to cheer you on Scott, hope you can go one better!


August 27, 2013 11:48 AM

Those new tyres are a worry to be honest. He has gone from pushing it at the front to trying to hold on to places. I hope he gets his head around them soon. Missing my first GP in about 5 years but will be watching it at home instead. Got everything crossed for Scott. Go #45!!

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