Scott Redding has equalled his best ever MotoGP qualifying at Silverstone, starting the race tomorrow from eleventh, with a special paint job on the Gresini Honda to celebrate his home round of the series.
Redding, who won the Moto2 race last year at Silverstone, was once again the fastest of the production Hondas, finishing ahead of hisfactory bike mounted teammate Alvaro Bautista.
Initially not making the Q2 session, Redding, along with the Spaniard, was forced to work in Q1 to make the second session, but easily topped the session.
“I only had one soft tyre left for Q2, so I knew I only had one go at a fast lap. I went out with the other riders and, although I was under pressure a little, it all worked out perfectly as by using the slipstream I was able to go 0.5s quicker than I’d managed in Q1. It was a big step and one I was happy to make here at my home Grand Prix.”
“Tomorrow will be difficult; doing one or two fast laps with the soft tyre is one thing, but to be consistently fast over race distance is a different thing altogether. In the race I will fight hard in the early stages, try and stay close to the factory bikes for as long as I can and then see how it goes. The support from the British fans just adds to my motivation and Ihope I can put on a good show for them in the race tomorrow.”