Redding shines at damp and dismal Silverstone
Silverstone, Great Britain – 30 August 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS MotoGP rider, Scott Redding, came to Silverstone determined to secure his best result of the season and he leaves this evening having achieved his goal. The 22-year-old mastered tricky wet conditions to finish as the top British rider in sixth position.
Rain on the warm-up lap ahead of today’s race left a chaotic scene in pit lane, with riders diving in to change bikes from slick tyres to wets. With 25 riders set to exit the pits at once to start the British Grand Prix, Race Direction decided to red flag the race and delay the start.
In the early stages of the restarted race Redding avoided the carnage and quietly settled into the conditions while building his confidence on the bike. The Briton started to push harder in the second half of the race and he quickly picked his way through the top ten. In the battle to be top Brit, Redding eventually dispatched Bradley Smith for sixth and claimed a valuable 10 points in the World Championship.
Scott Redding: 6th
“I always said that if I could get my best result here I'd be happy. I know that a lot of people crashed in the race but this is how it is sometimes. I struggled in the beginning; I just didn't quite have the feeling I needed. Maybe I was a bit stiff and tense but I just couldn't find the grip and the guys around me were able to drive away from me out of the turns. But after eight or nine laps I finally found a good rhythm and started to take more risks as I got the feeling with the bike back. Then I started to close in on Bradley, Aleix and Pol and when I got past I didn't feel too bad at all. I wasn’t too comfortable in the rain this morning, but I took a risk in the race and it paid off. Overall, I’m happy with today’s result.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“I'm happy. It looks like Silverstone is always a circuit for Scott Redding and Marc VDS to have a good result! Scott was good in qualifying in Austin and at the Sachsenring, but then wasn’t able to capitalise on his grid position in the race. Here he finally confirmed our pace and he leaves with his best result of the season so far, which was his goal this weekend. I hope that now we can carry the same momentum into the next race at Misano in two weeks.”