Redding heads home to Silverstone
Scott Redding heads for his home Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend brimming with confidence after a podium finish in France and the best start to a season since he joined the Moto2 World Championship in 2010. Mika Kallio is also looking for a good result this weekend at the British Grand Prix, after a spirited ride at Catalunya saw him maintain his unbroken run of top ten finishes this season.
Redding currently lies fifth in the Moto2 standings, 38 points behind championship leader, Tom Lüthi, with Kallio just ten points further back in sixth. Both Marc VDS riders will be looking to close the gap on Lüthi even further with two good results this weekend at Silverstone.
Winner of the 2008 British 125cc Grand Prix at Donington Park, Redding remains a firm favourite with the British race fans. The 19-year-old Gloucestershire teenager can be sure of strong support this weekend, as he looks to repeat the podium success of Le Mans in front of his home crowd.
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. The 29-year-old Finn has his sights set firmly on a top five finish this weekend at Silverstone, where he'll also be looking to qualify on the front three rows of the grid after struggling to battle his way through the field last time out in Barcelona.
Scott Redding #45:
“I love racing at home, for me it's always very special. You see all the support in the stands – the banners, the Union Flags – and it just gives you that little bit of extra motivation. It's a real buzz to come home to Silverstone and that's down to one thing; the British race fans. We've had a good start to the season and I've really gelled with the Kalex Moto2 bike, so I hope we can give everyone something to cheer about this weekend. Of course, in typical fashion, the weather forecast doesn't look great, but then it wouldn't be the British Grand Prix if it wasn't lashing it down with rain and blowing a gale! I'm looking forward to the weekend ahead. Bring it on!”
Mika Kallio #36:
“The plan this weekend is simple; we need to focus on qualifying. We know from the last few races that we have a good race set-up, but we also saw in Barcelona that when you qualify so far back on the grid your race is already destroyed. In the past we've chased a better set-up in practice, but this has meant the bike felt different every time I exited pit lane and that doesn't inspire the confidence needed to push to the limit in qualifying. This weekend we'll limit set-up changes to Friday morning and then use the remaining practice sessions to build my confidence in the bike ahead of qualifying. I don't need to be on pole, but if I'm to aim for the top five in the race then I certainly need to be starting from the front three rows.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Scott is immensely popular with the British race fans and he seems to feed off this energy whenever we come to Silverstone. This time we arrive off the back of a strong start to the season, so the sky really is the limit. He likes the track, he loves the atmosphere and he wants to give his home crowd something to cheer about. A win may be asking too much, but I'm confident he'll be fighting for the podium. Scott may find he has competition from Mika this weekend though, as he's going from strength to strength on the bike. If he can improve his qualifying position here at Silverstone then I expect to see him fighting up at the front too. Race results aside, both riders need to close the gap on the top four in the championship and that remains our main aim this weekend.”