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British Moto2: Redding thrills Silverstone with home win

20-year old becomes first Brit to win at Silverstone since 1986 after hectic four-way scrap
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.





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doctorG

September 01, 2013 2:47 PM

Excuse me - why cant he not walk into a competitive package when Bradley and Marquez did? Honda had the rule changed last year to allow just such and if (if) Scott wins this year what exactly has Marquez over Scott other than not having the youngest ever GP win? (And frankly who knows how the Rookies of the last three years would have done given this years chances One of them did beat Marquez to the Championship you know) Yes he is incredible. Scott is younger you know... I assume you were not at Silverstone when he flew past Marquez despite all the disadvantages of weight etc last year? I consider it ridiculous that he enters Moto GP on machinery that is not even the equivalent of his team mate let alone Bradley Smiths kit. If you think different then that's really sad. That said whatever shape of Honda you have at the moment its far in front of anything else so who knows..



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