Redding and Kallio target the podium at Silverstone
Scott Redding heads to Silverstone this weekend looking for his first win at home since his historic victory in the 2008 British 125cc Grand Prix.
After taking his first Moto2 win last weekend at Brno, Mika Kallio arrives in England on a wave of confidence and determined to deny his Marc VDS teammate a victory in front of his home crowd.
Heading into his home race with a commanding 21-point lead at the top of the Moto2 World Championship standings, Redding carries the weight of British expectation on his shoulders this weekend, but he remains unperturbed. For the 20-year-old Briton the support he receives at home just adds to his motivation, making him even more determined to give the home crowd exactly what they want on Sunday at Silverstone; a British rider on the podium, preferably the top step.
Kallio is also a former British Grand Prix winner; having stood on the top step of the 250cc podium the same year his Marc VDS teammate took victory in the 125cc race. It was to be the 30-year-old Finn’s last win for five years, with his next coming just days ago in the Czech Republic. The Brno win saw Kallio move up to fourth place in the championship standings and he goes into the Silverstone weekend with his sights set firmly on third placed Tito Rabat, who he now trails by just seven points.
Livio Loi struggled with set up issues during practice and qualifying ahead of last weekend’s Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno. The 16-year-old Belgian bounced back on race day, however, finishing a creditable 20th and missing out on points only because of a collision with Jasper Iwema late in the race.
The Marc VDS Moto3 rider heads across the English Channel to Silverstone determined to improve his feeling with his Kalex-KTM during free practice and with the goal of adding to his points tally in Sunday’s 17-lap British Moto3 Grand Prix.
Scott Redding #45:
“Silverstone is always a bit special for me. When I head out on track and see all the flags and banners in the grandstands I get goose bumps. The support of the British fans is just immense. My focus is very much on the championship now, meaning I have to balance defending my lead against risking all for a win, but if there’s even a sniff of the top step of the podium this weekend, there’s no way I’ll be able to resist giving it a go. After all the support I’ve been given in recent years, my only goal this weekend is to give the British fans something to cheer about on Sunday.”
Mika Kallio #36:
“In the past Silverstone hasn’t been one of my strongest tracks on the Moto2 bike, but the win at Brno means I go into this race with more confidence than in previous years and that counts for a lot. We tried a new approach to practice and qualifying the last two races and it worked really well, so we’ll continue in the same way at Silverstone this weekend. I know it’s Scott’s home race and he’d like nothing better than to stand on the top step of the podium, but I’ve also got a taste for it after the win at Brno. A result this weekend like at Le Mans, where we finished first and second, would be great for the team, but obviously this time with the positions reversed!”
Livio Loi #11:
“I struggled to get a good feeling with the bike all weekend at Brno, which made the race really difficult. This weekend at Silverstone I hope we make things a little easier on ourselves by getting the bike dialled in during the first practice session on Friday. Despite the issues at Brno it was only the collision with Jasper that stopped me from fighting for the last points scoring position, so we know exactly what our goal has to be in every race from now on, including this weekend in Silverstone.”