Redding unsure of what to expect at Silverstone

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Scott Redding needs his season to turn around soon and Silverstone should provide a perfect opportunity for the British rider who traditionally has strong showings on home soil. However, far from confident Redding seems resigned to his fate with the season turning into a crapshot with the bike good one weekend struggling the next.

“Silverstone is a special race,” said Redding. “I like the track, I’ve won there in the past in Moto2 and the support of the British fans is always incredible.

“This year we arrive in Great Britain off the back of a few difficult races and not really knowing what to expect. It could be that the bike works well, like at Austin and Sachsenring, but we could just as easily find ourselves in the same situation as Brno, where we had to work hard to find a good setting.

“Either way my goal is to try and secure my best result of the season so far at Silverstone. My motivation is still strong, and the support of the home crowd only adds to that, so I hope we can pull everything together and put in a strong performance this weekend.”

Marc VDS team boss, Michael Bartholemy, feels that Redding could thrive under the pressure of a home race.

“While many riders feel under pressure at their home race Scott is the exact opposite,” said Bartholemy. “He doesn’t hide away in his motorhome but, instead, likes to get out and meet the fans in the paddock. Their support is important to him and, as we’ve seen in the past at Silverstone, it motivates him to push that little bit harder, to ride just a little bit more over the limit in an effort to reward them for their support.

“It’s been a difficult season so far, but if there is going to be a turning point then Silverstone is it. I’m confident that Scott will give his all this weekend and I hope he can give his home crowd something to cheer for in the race.”­­­­

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Steve English

By Steve English