Home time! The British riders ahead of the Silverstone GP

“It’s always about being the best Brit. We’re not a team, we’re not at the Olympics or wearing the same colours”

That’s fighting talk from Scott Redding!

Nice to see ahead of the British Grand Prix weekend, where the Moto2 rider has a good chance of victory with the home crowd behind him.

The quote is from an interview with the BBC, available in full here.

Scott is no stranger to a home win: The 20-year-old Briton stood on the top step after winning the 2008 British 125cc Grand Prix at Donington.

He took third place the following year. Last season he returned once again to the podium, this time in the Moto2 class, after taking a hard fought second place at Silverstone.

Redding has also cryptically hinted on Twitter that something interesting will happen, posting ” I think you all gonna have a bit of a shock when I exit pit lane on Saturday :)”.

How much of a shock Scott?! I think we will all be allowed to pass out if you are on a MotoGP bike instead!

Redding 12 ish

Let’s hope there’s a reason for some of this! Redding gets his wheelie on.
Image via @Reddingpower on Twitter

“Let the battle commence”.

Bradley Smith’s online retort to Redding shows he’s up for scoring his best result at home too.

The Oxford rider has had his promo head on ahead of Silverstone, with this interesting video showing what it means to ride, in his own words:

The Yamaha Tech3 rookie added “It’s been a fantastic year for British riders in MotoGP this season with Cal, Scott and myself getting some great results. We get one big chance to show the British fans how well we have done and that’s at the Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone. It’s the biggest race of the season for all of us in front of those home fans who have been brilliant this season. Bring it on.”

His Ducati-bound team-mate Cal Crutchlow is also looking forward to the trip home, but wishes Brno had gone better:

“Brno wasn’t the best preparation for my home race at Silverstone, but I go there knowing I have the pace and that I can be challenging at the front. I am really excited for Silverstone and I know the support from the British fans will be incredible, so hopefully I can give them something to cheer about.”

Also in MotoGP Michael Laverty has the unusual luxury of having some knowledgr of the circuit!

 “Silverstone will be the first circuit on the calendar that I have intimate knowledge of. Combine this with the home support from family, friends and the fans, it promises to be a great weekend. There is a great buzz surrounding the event this year, and I can’t wait.”

Gino Rea will be making a wild-card appearance in Moto2…and selling coffee, now THAT’S multitasking!

Danny Kent will be hoping to push for the top ten after a superb 12th in Moto2 in Brno for Tech3.

The only full-time Brit left in Moto3 is Scot John McPhee, a Racing Steps success story, he’s been close to a best finish for Caretta Technology-RTG, hampered slightly by a virus and tyre degredation, so hopefully loud cheers can bypass the negatives for him.

Finally there will also be home wild-card riders in the lightweight class: Wayne Ryan and Kyle Ryde both having benn selected to appear at Silverstone, both are also Racing Steps Foundation backed.

Good luck to all at Silverstone!


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