MotoGP: Redding storms to thrilling home victory in Silverstone to boost championship lead
British motorcyclist Scott Redding thrilled the home crowds on Sunday after winning the Moto2 Grand Prix at Silverstone and extending his championship lead to 38 points. Redding, who competes for the Marc VDS Racing Team, raced on a bike with a special Union Jack design and dedicated the win to British motorcycling legend Barry Sheene.
With an estimated crowd of 145,000 attending the three-day event, Redding had enormous support as he qualified in second position on the grid behind Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami. In the race itself, he got off to a flying start and led through the first corner. Nakagami regained the lead later in the race, but a mistake with four laps to go allowed Redding to sneak though and stay out in front until the chequered flag.
Pol Espargaro, Redding’s nearest rival in the Moto2 championship, had a difficult race and finished in eighth place. Redding now leads Espargaro by 38 points with seven races remaining. If he goes on to clinch the title, he would become the first British rider to win a motorcycling world championship in any class since Sheene in 1977.
The Silverstone victory has capped a great week for Redding, who also signed a contract with the Gresini Honda team to race on the MotoGP circuit next year. The deal will last for two seasons and will see Redding race alongside fellow Brits Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith.
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