By Lisa Lewis

After his home heroics at Silverstone, Scott Redding held a 38-point Moto2 title advantage over Pol Espargaro, who faltered to an eighth place finish in Britain.

The tables were turned at Misano, where Espargaro revived his champioship hopes with a vital win after a late overtake on Takaaki Nakagami.

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Redding meanwhile found himself in a battle for the off-podium positions as he struggled to keep up with the front runners - losing time on the straights meant consistent laps were hard to come by and tyre wear came into play.

The Marc VDS man fought hard to make the best of his situation, eventually forcing his way past Johann Zarco to steal sixth at the final turn.

Despite being a little disappointed that his lead had been sliced back down to 23 points, leaving him less than a race win ahead, Redding remained fairly upbeat after "struggling a bit all weekend", having used his race as damage limitation.

Explaining his consistency and tyre issues the Briton revealed: "In the beginning I could stay with the leading group, but I was pushing hard on the first half of the lap, just to make up the ground I was losing coming onto the back straight every time. It meant I used a lot of tyre and that cost me towards the end of the race today".

The 20-year-old added: "I did my best and managed to steal sixth from Zarco right at the end, so I'm not disappointed with today, although I'm obviously not happy to have seen my championship lead reduced to less than one race win again."

Espargaro continued his record of winning from every pole position he has taken so far this season, leaving Nakagami in second for the fourth successive race.

The Spaniard had already revealed he was feeling more comfortable with the new Dunlop tyres, having not been shy in speaking of his disillusionment with tyre wear at previous rounds.

Though he found the Kalex to be unpredictable at the start when full of fuel, Espargaro soon found his rhythm as it depleted, allowing him to chase down Italtrans rider Nakagami and take maximum advantage - cutting Redding's title lead over him by a hefty 15 points.

Espargaro revealed that: "Little by little I've been picking up confidence with the bike. I am very happy for the victory because we have succeeded in reducing the distance with Scott."

Describing the race with Nakagami as "very hard" he was impressed with the Japanese riders early pace and "very quick race start", having initially pulled out a lead of over two seconds from the Pons rider and his team-mate Tito Rabat, who took third.

Looking forward, Espargaro will be hoping to capitailse when performing in front of a home crowd when the paddock moves on to Aragon in two weeks time and will be wishing for similar fortunes to Redding at Silverstone, adding:

"It is necessary to keep working hard in Aragon and attempt to exploit the advantage that gives us to run at home".

Espargaro has now won four races this year to Redding's three. Both Redding (Gresini) and Espargaro (Tech 3 Yamaha) will move to MotoGP next season.