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.