Redding pleased to be top Brit at Silverstone

Scott Redding has come away from his home grand prix pleased to have been the top home favourite, after the class rookie once again demonstrated what he’s capable of, taking his customer specification Honda to tenth and beating a pair of full-on Ducati GP machines in the process.
 
“I’m happy with the result today. At the beginning, with a full fuel load onboard, I was struggling to get the bike stopped and turned. This allowed the guys in front of me to pull away a little in the opening laps, but I managed to keep Crutchlow and the other open class Hondas behind me, which was the aim.
 
“As the bike got lighter I was able to push harder and settle into a good rhythm. I caught Hernandez very late in the race for tenth, but managed to beat him to the line by 1.2s. Finishing as top Brit at the British Grand Prix is always good. I know Smith had a problem in the race, but for me it was good to beat Cal today.”
 
Redding’s weekend has been interrupted by extensive speculation about where he’ll be placed by Honda, who has promised him a factory bike, for next year. However, never letting it pressure him, he rode a faultless weekend, especially impressing paddock insiders with his qualifying pace.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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