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British Moto2: Redding thrills Silverstone with home win
1 September 2013
By Neil Morrison
The home fans got what they came for in the first race of the day at Silverstone, as they witnessed Scott Redding take his third victory of the year and extend his Moto2 championship lead to 38 points in the Moto2 class.
The home fans got what they came for in the first race of the day as they witnessed Scott Redding take his third victory of 2013 and extend his championship lead to 38 points in the Moto 2 class.
Scenes of jubilation engulfed Silverstone as Redding contested a fierce, race-long battle between Takaaki Nakagami and Thomas Luthi to become the first British rider to win at home in the intermediate category since Tom Herron did so in the Isle of Man in 1976.
Club corner was the scene of Redding's memorable last lap overtake of Marc Marquez in 2012 but he faced no such drama this time, pulling a commanding half second gap as his pursuers battled amongst themselves on the final circulation.
And to cap a memorable weekend championship challenger Pol Espargaro could only manage a subdued eighth position, losing a crucial 17 points in the title race.
Redding donned a new crash helmet design for the weekend showing a wolf's face and the comparison seemed appropriate as he aggressively stormed into the lead from the start with Nakagami, Luthi and Aegerter following suit. With Aegerter then falling away it seemed to be a straight three-way fight as trio traded positions throughout the 19 laps.
However, a typical late charge from Esteve Rabat left the home crowd holding their collective breath as he set a succession of fastest laps to join the back of the leading group. Yet Redding held his nerve and ebbed out a commanding lead as Nakagami and Luthi traded blows on the penultimate lap to become the first British grand prix winner at Silverstone since Ian McConnachie won the 80cc race in 1986.
At one point it seemed Nakagami would take full advantage of his third pole position of the season as he ghosted Redding throughout the opening laps. He made his move on lap 12 but could only hold the position briefly as Redding stormed through again in the low speed Village complex three laps later.
Despite being involved in the ugly morning warm up spill, Xavier Simeon rose through the field from ninth on the grid to hold fifth behind Aegerter.
Yet on lap 12 Rabat started making his move by firstly disposing of Simeon, then Aegerter two laps later. It seemed he had the pace to replicate his previous win at Indianapolis, setting the fastest time of the race on lap 14 and steadily edging closer towards the front.
However, he was to find stubborn opposition in Nakagami and Luthi who were locked in their own squabble for second. They put a series of hard moves on each other through the Village complex on the penultimate lap, allowing Redding to eke out a 0.5secs gap.
The scenes around the final circulation were reminiscent of the Silvertsone of old with the British fans screaming Redding on to a famous victory. Rabat could only look on as Nakagami retaliated to Luthi's move at Vale with a daring lunge at Club to take second, his third consecutive podium, which moved him up to sixth in the overall standings.
Aegerter eventually finished fifth and Mika Kallio benefited from Simeon's last lap crash to round out the top six. There was to be no repeat of his heroics from 2012 as Pol Espargaro languished at the tail end of the top ten, after falling as low as 11th to finish a place behind Zarco in eighth.
Danny Kent gave the fans more reason to cheer by finishing comfortably inside the top 20, placing 18th after a race long battle with Ricard Cardus and Gino Rea. Rea suffered heartbreak by crashing out of 19th with just two laps remaining.
After the race Redding fittingly dedicated his win to Barry Sheene. He can now reflect upon a performance that gives him a commanding 38 point lead in the championship and goes a long way to ending the 36-year British wait for a grand prix world title.
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