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Moto2/Moto3: Jerez starts with Rabat and Miller on top.

2014 Rins42 surgery

Out – Alex Rins is not at Jerez to have surgery on a cyst on his wrist. Missing in Moto2 is Gino Rea – he rode the Valencia test with a broken foot!
Image via Alex Rins Twitter account @Rins42

Moto2 and Moto3 got down to testing again as the paddock moved on to Jerez.

Moto2 saw Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat sitting at the top of the timesheets one the opening day of testing after sneaking the best time of the day at the damp track from Tom Luthi late on, though both riders impressed with sub 1m 43s times.

other performances of note were Speed Up rider Sam Lowes keeping on the pace in fourth and just one place behind him in fifth Maverick Vinales, the Moto3 graduate also finding his feet in the intermediate class.

Moto3 was lead by Austraian Jack Miller, fast as he seemed he would be once free of the Honda he impressed on last season. The Red Bull KTM rider was the only one to dip under 1m 47s, with Isaac Vinales his closest time rival after taking over from his championship winning cousin at Team Calvo.

Danny Kent (Husqvarna Ajo), Niccolo Antonelli (Go & Fun KTM) and Romano Fenati Sky/VR46 KTM)remained at the front too and showed why Honda saw such an exodus from their product after it’s lacklustre showing in 2013, while hinting that the KTM  bikes are all set to dominate once again.

Efren Vazquez was the top Honda rider in in sixth, while Red Bull Rookies champ Karel Hanika found his feet in Jerez, pushing up to eighth on the list on day one.

Full times for both classes below:

Jerez Moto2 Test Times Day One:

1. Esteve Rabat  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 42.747
2. Thomas Luthi  Interwetten Paddock Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.989
3. Mika Kallio  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.320
4. Sam Lowes GBR Speed Up (Speed Up) 1m 43.449
5. Maverick Viñales  Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 43.544
6. Takaaki Nakagami  Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 43.570
7. Sandro Cortese  Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 43.634
8. Julian Simon  Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.695
9. Simone Corsi  NGM Forward Racing (Forward KLX) 1m 43.748
10. Luis Salom  Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 43.793
11. Alex De Angelis  Tasca Racing Moto2 (Suter) 1m 43.841
12. Anthony West  QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 44.178
13. Xavier Simeon  Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 44.226
14. Johann Zarco  Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 44.283
15. Dominique Aegerter  Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 44.338
16. Mattia Pasini  NGM Forward Racing (Forward KLX) 1m 44.348
17. Nico Terol  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 44.394
18. Axel Pons  Argiñano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 44.412
19. Alex Mariñelarena  Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 44.499
20. Louis Rossi SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 44.518
21. Hafizh Syahrin  Petronas Raceline Malaysia (Kalex) 1m 44.553
22. Randy Krummenacher  Iodaracing Project (Suter) 1m 44.596
23. Jonas Folger Argiñano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 44.601
24. Franco Morbidelli Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 44.617
25. Lorenzo Baldassarri Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 44.912
26. Josh Herrin Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 44.951
27. Marcel Schrotter Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 45.112
28. Roman Ramos QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 45.209
29. Azlan Shah Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 45.298
30. Jordi Torres Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 45.743
31. Thitipong Warokorn APH PTT  SAG (Kalex) 1m 46.027
32. Tetsuta Nagashima Teluru Team JiR Webike (TSR) 1m 46.378
33. Robin Mulhauser Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 46.770

Jerez Moto3 Test Times Day One:

1. Jack Miller  Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 46.975
2. Isaac Viñales  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 47.277
3. Danny Kent  Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 47.471
4. Niccolo Antonelli  Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 47.480
5. Romano Fenati  Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 47.735
6. Efren Vazquez  Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 47.845
7. Jakub Kornfeil  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 47.910
8. Karel Hanika  Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 47.960
9. Philipp Oettl  Interwetten Paddock Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 48.113
10. Alex Marquez  Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 48.186
11. Fabio Quartararo  Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 48.232 * in for Alex Rins
12. Livio Loi  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex-KTM) 1m 48.370
13. John McPhee  Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 48.547
14. Miguel Oliveira  Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 48.660
15. Niklas Ajo  Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 48.674
16. Francesco Bagnaia  Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 48.859
17. Brad Binder  Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 48.927
18. Eric Granado  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 49.183
19. Arthur Sissis  Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 49.299
20. Scott Deroue  RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 49.591
21. Ana Carrasco  RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 49.598
22. Jules Danilo  Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 49.625
23. Bryan Schouten  CIP Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 49.654
24. Juanfran Guevara  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 49.797
25. Zulfahmi Khairuddin  Ongetta-AirAsia (Honda) 1m 49.891
26. Alessandro Tonucci  CIP Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 50.010
27. Luca Grunwald  Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 50.104
28. Hafiq Azmi  SIC-Ajo (KTM) 1m 50.245
29. Alexis Masbou  Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) 1m 50.326
30. Gabriel Ramos  Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 50.372
31. Matteo Ferrari  San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 50.405
32. Enea Bastianini  Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 51.109
33. Andrea Locatelli  San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 51.314

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Moto2 Redding Vs Espargaro – Helmet wars! (Vote Now!)

They battled hard all season with Pol Espargaro eventually victorious but who won the Valencia helmet-off between the 2013 champion and runner-up Scott Redding?

Ok, so as he won we will first take a look at Espargaro’s celebratory effort:

Pol Espargaro shows of his shiny winning effort. Image via Espargaro on Facebook, editorial use only under the fair use act

Pol Espargaro shows of his shiny winning lid.
Image via Espargaro on Facebook, editorial use only under the fair use act.

The Spaniard has opted for a shiny and slightly expected gold winning effort, featuring a large splash of the yellow and green from his main design on the ‘world champion’ font.

It’s nice.

Next up is Scott Redding’s effort proving you can kick a man when he’s down but you can’t mess with his sense of style:

Redding's Valencia effort was touching. Image via @ianwheeler on twitter, who owns the image, editorial use only

Redding’s Valencia effort was touching. Image via @ianwheeler on twitter, who owns the image, editorial use only

Redding may have added a lost tooth to his injury list over the weekend but still had a loud and toughing helmet to show off ahead of Sunday’s Valencia race. Much bolder than Espargaro’s effort it’s a shame that the pain barrier the Brit fought hard against limited it’s screen time.

Redding also chose to carry a touching tribute to his team and their four years together on his leathers, in place of his name.

For me the winner is Redding. Cheerful, colourful and thankful, plus Pol already won something – the title!

Now here’s you’re chance to have a say, please vote, then I’ll add an update for the outcome!

For a more serious and informative look at the final round of the Moto2 championship for the duo try :

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/198023/1/moto2_redding_espargaro_never_give_up_in_moto2_swansong.html

Moto2: Marc VDS reveal new cooling system for riders in Sepang…

It gets hot a humid in Sepang. Then it rains, usually when it’s time for racing on Sunday.

This means it is essential for the MotoGP paddocks racers to be given new and innovative ways to keep cool amid the troublesome heat.

Marc VDS have come up with the perfect solution and here it is in action, being demonstrated by championship title contender Scott Redding, who has had problems in the humidity in the past…

 

Redding in a Bin

It’s Scott Redding on ice!
Image via the excellent @ianwheeler on Twitter

It’s a bin!

But it’s full of ice!

It’s simple and clever and hysterical to look at all at once, and what’s better than that as the season draws to a tense conclusion in Moto2! Thanks for the funnies Marc VDS, and kudos for being as resourceful as MacGuyver (If you need to look that up, congratulations on being young, wanna swap?!)

MotoGP: Scott Redding confirmed at Gresini Honda

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Winning ways – Redding taking the spoils here in Mugello – leading the world championship opened the doors to MotoGP for him.
Image via Marc VDS

Though rumoured to be for a long time Scott Redding’s contract with the Gresini MotoGP team were announced this morning.

The British rider, who will be hoping for a strong showing this weekend in his home Grand Prix at Silverstone, will  be riding the new Honda production racer for Gresini and replacing Bryan Staring in the squad.

The 20-year-old’s two year deal starts with Honda’s production racer (tested by former World champion Casey Stoner) – a low cost version of the RC213V, and will not have pneumatic valves or seamless transmission, but is allowed more fuel and more engines and will use the Magneti Marelli spec ECU.

Redding stated:“I am looking forward to the challenge of MotoGP next season. I’ll be racing alongside the best riders in the world, aboard the brand-new Honda production racer, so I know already how steep a learning curve it’s going to be. This was why it was so important to me that I made this step with an experienced team, and there are few more experienced in the MotoGP paddock than Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini. My focus for now is on winning the Moto2 World Championship for Marc van der Straten, without whose support over the past four years I wouldn’t even have been given this opportunity to move up to the premier class.”

Team boss Fausto Gresini added: “I’m delighted to be able to work with a young talent like Scott Redding. We have signed a two-year contract together, with the clear aim of building an ambitious project that should see him develop and be taken to the pinnacle of MotoGP. Scott has already shown that he has a lot of quality, so we are proud to welcome him into our team. We cannot wait to begin working with him; his riding style is great to watch, as is his approach to racing.”

Redding’s adaptation to MotoGP™ machinery will begin as soon as the current season comes to a close in Valencia.

Ahead of Silverstone the Marc VDS man  leads Moto2™ by 21 points from Spain’s Pol Espargaro, who will also move to the premier class in 2014 with Monster Yamaha Tech3.

Moto2: Rabat moves to Marc VDS for 2014

Currently third in the Moto2 championship, Esteve ‘Tito’ Rabat has impressed rival Kalex team Marc VDS enough for them to lure him away from current squad Tuenti HP 40, after taking his first two wins and debut podium for the Pons outfit this season.

Rabat to VDS

Moving on…Tito Rabat will ride for Marc VDS in 2014
Image via Marc VDS press release

With championship challenging rivals Scott Redding and Rabat’s current team-mate Pol Espargaro both MotoGP bound (to Gresini – unconfirmed- and Tech3 respectively) Rabat was left with many offers as a race-winning rider in the intermediate class, but has chosen Marc VDS as his new home after the agreement rumoured to have been reached last weekend in Indianapolis was signed and confirmed ahead of today’s qualifying session in Brno.

The 24-year-old has signed a two year deal with the Belgian-based team so will remain there until 2015.

Team Principal Michael Bartholemy is happy to have a rider capable of fighting for the title as the squad’s first announced rider:
“In Tito I’m confident that we’ve signed a rider who can challenge for the championship the next two years. His results this season have been impressive and I’m confident that we can take him to the next level, adding consistency to his obvious speed. I’m looking forward to welcoming Tito to the team at the end of this season, but first we must make sure we beat him to the championship title, as he’s looking more of a threat with each race.”

Team President Marc Van Der Straten spoke of the teams improvements, allowing them to pick and choose more freely when it comes to contract time:

“Over the past four years I think it’s fair to say that we’ve established ourselves as one of the top teams in the Moto2 World Championship. This has been reflected in the calibre of the riders who are now approaching us for a ride next season. We had many to choose from, but Tito Rabat was head and shoulders above the other candidates. This year he’s been fast, winning two races and emerging as a title contender during the second half of the season. I believe Tito is a perfect fit for our team. He will be a very welcome addition to the Marc VDS racing family and I’m looking forward to watching him fight for the title from the first race next season.”

The Marc VDS Racing Team will announce their full rider line up for the 2014 season in the coming weeks, with the possibility of a second Moto3 rider being added to the team’s roster.

Moto2: At a glance: Scott Redding – setting a new standard.

Scott Redding set a few new records for himself, as a Briton and for his team last time out in Le Mans. His back-to-back wins with his second victory of the season in Mugello  for the 20 year-old Gloucester raised rider.

Here’s a compilation of what he has achieved in just two weeks…

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Redding: onto a winner in Mugello
image via Marc VDS Press

  • Redding is the first Briton to win back-to-back GPs since Sheene won Belgian/Swedish 500 GPs in July 1977.
  • The Gloucester rider is also only the third Briton to win at Mugello, following in the footsteps of legend Barry Sheene who won the 500cc  race in 1976 and Bradley Smith the 125cc race winner in 2009.
  • Redding also becomes the first British rider since Rod Gould in 1971 to win back-to-back races in the intermediate class.
  • It is also the first time he has won from a pole start.
  • He is also the first person to win two Moto2 races this season.

Here’s a reminder of the way he had already altered the record books after his first season win in Le Mans:

  • First British winner in the intermediate class since Jeremy McWilliams in Assen (2001)

  • Redding’s win in Le Mans is the first non-Spanish GP win in any class since Danny Kent won last Moto3 race of last year at Valencia

  • It is 30 years ago since the last British GP win at Le Mans – Alan Carter in the 250cc race (1983)

Surely an even stronger case for a competitive rider in MotoGP next year? It appears he has had some encouragement from the MotoGP paddock afetr Jorge Lorenzo used his offical Twitter page to reveal the following:

I told you, more mature outside & on the track! I’m happy for you, you are an example of big evolution. UK needed you!

Moto3 and Moto2 round-up: well timed wins for Salom and Redding

Time for an update on the Moto2 and Moto3  support classes did at the Mugello Grand Prix!

I’ll focus on the front podium places here, with more detail available in my full race round-up at Paddock Chatter or the detailed race reports available for Moto3 and Moto2 at crash.net, just click on the orange links!

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Scott Redding celebrates his historic win at Mugello.
Image Via Marc VDS Press

Moto3 round up:

Luis Salom moved to the front of a pack of six riders who made a big fight of the Mugello Moto3 Grand Prix.

 

 

The Spaniard led an all Spanish, all KTM podium with his second win of the season for his Red Bull Ajo team, though all six in the leading group – Salom,Rins,Oliveira,Folger,Vinales and Marquez – were in with the chance of a win in a closely fought race.

 

 

It was Alex Marquez who made the difference when an overconfident move on his Estrella Galicia machine by the younger Marquez brother caused most of the opposition to need to sit up or move, leaving a gap clear for Salom who took full advantage to break at the front.

 

 

Team Mate Alex Rins, who look to be holding something in reserve had to settle for second, Team Calvo’s Maverick Vinales was happy to keep his consistent run of podiums, like Salom he has been on the rostrum every race so far this season, was third.

Moto3 Italian Grand PrixTop 15 :

 

 

1.Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 39m 53.827
2. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 39m 53.926
3. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 39m 54.130
4. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 39m 54.584
5. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 39m 54.646
6. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 39m 55.260
7. Niccolò Antonelli ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 40m 10.291
8. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 40m 12.454
9. Eric Granado BRA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 40m 12.784
10. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 40m 12.853
11. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 40m 12.974
12. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 40m 12.981
13. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 40m 14.640
14. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 40m 15.068
15. Jasper Iwema NED RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 40m 22.409

Moto2 race round up:

The history books were once again being re-written by Marc VDS rider Scott Redding in Moto2.

 

 

His win came after Aspar rider Nico Terol decided to allow the Brit to pass as he was struggling with his tyres and bike. Redding took the opportunity and gave him no hope of retaking the lead as he stamped his authority on the race and moved away from the Spaniard.

 

 

Redding now leads the championship by a huge 43 points. The 20 year old Kalex rider is the first person to win two races this season, and it was the first time he has won from a pole start.

 

 

He also becomes the first British rider to take back-to-back wins since Rod Gould in 1971 and the youngest to achieve that feat taking the record from legend Barry Sheene.

 

He is also only the third Brit to win at Mugello, joining Barry Sheene who won in 1976 in the 500cc class and Bradly Smith who won the 125cc race in 2009.

 

 

Terol’s second place was his second podium visit of the year after his win in Austin. Joining them on the rostrum was Johann Zarco for Came Iodaracing Project, his first podium appearance in Moto2.

Moto2 Italian Grand Prix Top 15:

1.Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 39m 53.942
2. Nicolas Terol SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 39m 56.117
3. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 39m 58.329
4. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 40m 3.729
5. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 40m 3.793
6. Jordi Torres SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 40m 4.586
7. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 40m 4.660
8. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 40m 4.786
9. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 40m 4.842
10. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 40m 6.108
11. Toni Elias SPA Blusens Avintia (Kalex) 40m 6.115
12. Marcel Schrotter GER Desguaces La Torre SAG (Kalex) 40m 9.813
13. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 40m 21.861
14. Sandro Cortese GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 40m 22.630
15. Randy Krummenacher SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 40m 22.915

 

 

 

Moto2 and Moto3 Qualifying Round-Up

This is still a Moto2 and Moto3 based blog so here’s an update on how the support classes did in Mugello qualifying!

I’ll focus on the front rows here, with more detail available in my full qualifying round-up at Paddock Chatter or the detailed race reports available for Moto3 and Moto2 at crash.net, just click on the orange links!

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Folger in action at Mugello, before stalking Vinales!
Image via Mapfre Aspar Team Press

 

Maverick Vinales looked to be heading for pole for Team Calvo until Jonas Folger took a leaf out of his boss’ book, Jorge “Aspar” Martinez, and followed him around the track glued to the Spanish rider and had the slipstream to snatch first, with a new pole position record.

 

 

Third and once again making for an all KTM front row was one of the seasons regular frontrunners Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins.

 

 

Fourth was taken by Jack Miller for Caretta Technology. The Australian was the highest placing Honda on the grid and in achieving that he also equaled his own best previous qualifying position.

The Marc VDS rider timed his runs well to finish on top and will be looking to win two races in a row after his victory last time out in Le Mans.

 

 

He achieved this despite a major crash in FP3, from which the Gloucestershire rider walked away unharmed but demolished his bike, leaving some serious rebuilding to be done by the team.

 

 

Once again finding himself pipped to pole was Italtrans rider Takaaki Nakagami. The Japanese rider held the spot with a time set on just his third lap, which he failed to improve on.

 

 

Pol Espargaro also set his best time on his third lap but that left the Pons Tuenti rider down in tenth on the grid.

 

 

A surprising third place came from the ever improving Marcel Schrotter. The Desguaces La Torre SAG rider scoring a career best qualifying to do so.

Moto3 Mugello Qualifying Top Ten

 

 

1.Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 57.603
2. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 1m 57.669
3. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 1m 58.046
4. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 1m 58.056
5. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 58.129
6. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 58.480
7. Niccolò Antonelli ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 1m 58.724
8. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 1m 58.799
9. Danny Webb GBR Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 1m 58.910
10. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 1m 59.211

 

 

Moto2 Mugello Qualifying Top Ten

 

1.Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 52.958
2. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 53.123
3. Marcel Schrotter GER Desguaces La Torre SAG (Kalex) 1m 53.221
4. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 1m 53.278
5. Nicolas Terol SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 53.368
6. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 53.383
7. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 1m 53.459
8. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 1m 53.466
9. Jordi Torres SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 53.611
10. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 53.678

 

 

 

Image of the GP – a popular victory!

Redding win in Le Mans

A well deserved and long awaited win for Scott Redding!
Image : Marc VDS

Not an image from the MotoGP race this time – for me the image of the day came via Moto2 this week.

And it’s an image to cheer my home nation for sure – British rider Scott Redding’s first Moto2 win and Marc VDS’ first race victory!

So what if we can’t win Eurovision! With Redding’s win and a second for Crutchlow in Le Mans the future of British racing seems to be held in very able, confident hands – at last.

For more on why Redding’s victory is so special see my post on all the firsts it achieved.

 

 

Moto2: At a glance – Scott Redding a man of many firsts.

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Scott Redding and Mr. Marc VDS himself celebrate in Le Mans
Image: Marc VDS

 

Scott Redding is no stranger to holding a few records – he is the youngest rider ever to win a Grand Prix race after his victory in Donington in 2008, aged just 15, and he was also the youngest rider to reach 50 race starts.

Today may have been the first Moto2 win For Scott Redding and the first victory in any Grand Prix class for his Marc VDS Team but the firsts didn’t stop there here’s a quick breakdown

  • First British winner in the intermediate class since Jeremy McWilliams in Assen (2001)

  • Redding’s win in Le Mans is the first non-Spanish GP win in any class since Danny Kent won last Moto3 race of last year at Valencia

  • It is 30 years ago since the last British GP win at Le Mans – Alan Carter in the 250cc race (1983)

Surely a case for a competitive ride for the Gloucester born rider in MotoGP next year?