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British Moto2: Great Scott gives champion's ride, Espargaro struggles

"To come here to your home grand prix and stand on the top step of the podium in red, white and blue, well, it doesn't get much better than that!" – Scott Redding
By Lisa Lewis

Scott Redding rose to the occasion and delivered a commanding performance to win his home British Moto2 Grand Prix at Silverstone, in a race which had a massive impact on the title fight.

While being willed to victory by the buzzing home crowd Redding took away a comfortable points lead of 38 into the next round in Misano, as rival Pol Espargaro stuttered to eighth after a tough weekend in the “enemy's house”.

Redding had to work for his win, leading early on only to have his Kalex reeled in by fellow podium finishers Takaaki Nakagami and Tom Luthi, producing an exciting mid-race battle.

The Gloucestershire rider soaked up the pressure, then powered to the finish to become the first British rider to win at home in the intermediate class since Tom Herron in 1976 at the Isle of Man.

“To come here to your home grand prix and stand on the top step of the podium in red, white and blue, well, it doesn't get much better than that, really.

"I was happy with how the race panned out today. No pressure, no real mistakes and we got the result we came here for. To do it on a weekend when we've been celebrating the life of Barry Sheene, one of the all-time greats of motorcycle racing, was just the icing on the cake for me.

"The win today means I leave Silverstone with a 38 point lead in the championship and with one less race for my main rivals to try and reel me in. All in all, a good weekend all round.”

But while it was relatively plain sailing for Redding, Espargaro's ship never really set sail.

The Spaniard arrived at the circuit decidedly under the weather, like many in the paddock as three consecutive race weekends took their toll. Race day did not bring the Tuenti HP 40 rider any better fortune.

Beginning with a fall in warm up - he lost the front at Farm - which left his set-up changes untested ahead of the race, Espargaro struggled, immediately looking uncomfortable and dropping from his sixth place qualifying spot into a battle with Frenchman Johann Zarco.




Tagged as: Espargaro , redding , Luthi , pasini , Zarco , Simeon , Nakagami

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fredflinstone

September 02, 2013 9:11 PM

Scotty did the business and pols mind has gone again,he crumbled after winning Qatar which is odd to say the least. how can the second best rider 2years on the trot be so coveted by Yamaha? oh yes, he,s Spanish.



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